About six months ago we finally finalized our family mission statement.

This family mission statement thing has been good for us. Writing it. Putting it up on our wall (our 10 year anniversary present to ourselves). Seeing it everyday.

I think it’d be good for your family, too. No pressure, though. I took us two years from when we first started talking about it to actually get it down on paper…more on our (very long) process in another post.

Here’s a quick overview of why we chose the statements we wrote.

Above all, we will love God and each other deeply

…because love covers a multitude of sins. – 1 Peter 4:8

Peter tells us here that love is the foundation. When we’re loving God and each other deeply, everything else will fall into place. Kindness, gentleness, graciousness all fall under the umbrella of love.

This isn’t simply a nice phrase or platitude but a deep love that you wear on the good days and the bad. When it feels like God is walking beside you and when it feels like He’s cast you away. When you finally save enough to buy your first house, and when you’re shopping your cupboards to scrape together another meal. When your spouse expresses gratitude and when he or she cuts you down. When your toddler gives you sticky kisses and “I love you’s” and when he crumples into a tantrumy mess on the floor. When your teenager opens up to you on your bed at midnight and when she doesn’t seem to know you exist. When life is beautiful and when it’s awful.

Because love covers a multitude of sins.

And we could’ve ended there, but we wanted to outline some specific values we want our family to organize around.

We will…

Live Simply

With our finances. With our stuff. With our time.

Give Generously

We don’t live simply just for the fun of it (though I do find it much more enjoyable), but so we can give. Our finances. Our stuff. Our time.

Be Life-Long Learners

We never know it all. We can always learn. We want to instill a love of life-long learning into our kiddos. Mainly by being life-long learners ourselves.

Honor How God Made Us

From a young age we are told that we are all special and different just like the snowflakes. Yet we so often push everyone to look the same. The truth is, we all have different personalities, needs and preferences. Since it’s so easy to feel guilty about how we’re wired or push our kids into being people they are not, we wanted to highlight the importance of honoring how God made us (while always growing in maturity, of course).

Rest in His Promise

The lines of one of my favorite hymns sum this up well.

‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus
And to take Him at His word
Just to rest upon His promise
And to know, “Thus saith the Lord”

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus
Oh, for grace to trust Him more

Do you have a family mission statement? If so, please share. If not, have you thought about writing one?