I’m terrible at directions.
Getting lost is a way of life for me.
Before I drive to a new place, I print out clear instructions and program my hubby’s GPS to yell in my ear, TURN HERE.
I have to know where I’m going or I wander and turn around often, take long roads out of the way and end up lost.
If you don’t know where you are going, you might have a difficult time getting there.
I firmly believe it’s the same with our families.
Our family sat down and wrote out a family mission statement towards the end of 2009. (I shared a simple formula here, but if you don’t know where to start, Simple Mom wrote a great post about putting one together with your family.) We didn’t really have profound reasons for doing so, we just wanted to verbalize our goals as family. We decided to try and make our activities, time spent and ultimately, our lives flow from this statement.
“To make a difference in the world, a single light, shining brightly in such a way that we keep Jesus our focus, listen closely to His voice & enjoy life. So that we can say at the end of the day, we’ve touched others & thrived.
Three months after we typed this up and framed it, I traveled to Kenya. I truly believe this simple exercise helped direct our family in saying yes to God. It gave us direction when big decisions were in front of us.
For months, I’ve been wanting to move our family missions statement from paper to hanging on the wall, loud and large. I thought about putting it on a canvas (which I discovered is quite expensive). But instead, this felt right (and was nearly free!):
This project took about two hours and very few supplies. I had a lot of fun being creative with the help and input from my family.
pallet (you can usually find old pallets behind stores. We just asked if we could have one and got it for free).
paint, sponge brush
I thought about hanging ours on a big open wall, but once we set it on the mantle, it turned out to be the perfect home.
“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” -Ernest Hemingway
So, whatever you do, be aware that you’re leading your family to a destination. Having clear instructions helps you find your way!