As my family has grown and gotten older, we are very busy. We have church activities, school activities, ministry opportunities, sporting events, and the list goes on. There are plenty of things that could keep us going in all different directions 7 days a week. But as all of these opportunities come our way, I find myself wondering if there are some that we should be saying no to.
We have been very intentional about not signing up for activities that keep us away from church on Sundays as well as choosing ways to serve as a family during summer break. But what about the daily things? Are we making each moment of the day count towards eternity or are we getting sucked into the craziness and chaos of sibling rivalry, housework, and the latest social media craze?
As I was doing some reading the other day, I came across the following questions:
What WILL be the lasting impact of your family on this world?
What will your legacy be?
If a book was written about your family what would it say?
These questions really got me thinking. I really want our family to make an eternal impact on the world. I want the name Carlson to bring to mind a legacy of radical faith that was evident in how we lived each day. And if a book was written about my family right now, it would probably say something like, "Those crazy Carlson's serve & love others outside of their home but they definitely need to learn to do the same inside their home as well."
It's so easy for the chaos of life to take over. We spend our days rushing from one activity to another or from one sibling disagreement to another. If we don't have an eternal mission or purpose then we make decisions horizontally instead of vertically. We choose what makes sense from a selfish, worldly perspective not a sacrificial, heavenly perspective.
I think God has given each family a unique mission and purpose based on the gifts and talents of each of its members. No other family can live out the Carlson's mission and the Carlson's aren't suppose to try to live out someone else's mission...no matter how cool we think it looks. Our purpose is to use the talents that God has given us to bring honor and glory to Him.
As we sat around the dinner table last night, we began discussing our purpose as a family. What are our strengths and weaknesses? What are ways we can serve each other? What do we want our family to look like in 10 years? My goal over the next couple of weeks is to work together to create a Carlson Family Mission Statement that will help guide us to do that which God has called us to complete during our time here on earth.
I like how Tsh from The Simple Mom explains the benefits of a mission statement: "When we’ve made deliberate decisions about what we’re about as a family, certain choices become a no-brainer. Even fun. You’re at peace with the choices you make, because they align with your priorities, and they just make sense."
I'm looking forward to continuing the discussions with the kids as we craft the Carlson Family Mission Statement. Do you have a family mission statement? If not, why not start creating one today.
Here is a list of questions from The Simple Mom to help get you started:
1. What are a few strengths of each member of our family?
2. Collectively, we are at our best when we are…
3. Collectively, we are at our worst when we are…
4. If we had a completely free day together as a family, how would we spend
5. What are practical ways we can serve each other?
6. What are practical ways we can serve others outside our family?
7. Name three things you think you could do better as a family.
8. What would people say today about our family as a whole?
9. What would we like people to say about our family as a whole in 30
10. If our home could be filled with one emotion, what would it be?
11. Name three adjectives we would like people to use to describe our home
12. If we could name one principle from which we want our family to operate,
what would it be?
13. What are the top four priorities we want our family to value?
14. What is the main purpose of our home?
15. What is the secondary purpose of our home?
16. What is the individual purpose in life of each member of our family?
17. What is one way we are unique as a family?
18. What is the purpose of life?
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, a VBS crafter, a coupon clipper, a thrift store shopper, a football fan, a cook, a student of the Bible and an avid reader.