What is the purpose of my family? Part 2

I talked to my husband last night, he really likes the idea of writing a family purpose statement.  We are going to sit down tonight, with the kids and talk about it.  This should be interesting.  What will a 5, 3, and 2 year old think when we ask them what is a family?  Who is our family?

What is a purpose statement?

I want it to be a clear and simple sentence or paragraph that even my children can understand. Something that summarizes what we, as a family, want to accomplish.  A reminder of what is really important to us in our life.  Where do we want to go and how we get there.

Why should my family have a purpose statement?

I think the main reason I want a purpose statment is to have a unified goal as a family. A family is not just individuals going about and doing their own thing, but  we are also a group with an identity and purpose of it’s own.  It will strengthen our family.  I want my children to have a divine purpose and I hope this will help us reach that goal.  It will be a joy to know that instead of just existing as a family, we will be fulfilling a calling.  Last I hope it will challenge us and motivate us to have a richer and more abundant life together.  A focus for what is really important and what is not.

How do I develop a purpose statement?

As a Christian, I want our mission statement to be a fulfilling of God’s call on our family.  In order to accomplish that Christ needs to be a part of writing and fulfilling our statement.  We want our children to be a part of the process, although as the parents we will be the final writers of the statement I think they will understand it better if they are also involved.   What are our top core values? What do we want to do?  How do we want to accomplish it?  Why do we want to do this?  Specific goals are not the same as a purpose statement but rather our goals need to be prioritized based on our purpose statement.

As we write our purpose statment tonight, or at least start the process of writing it, I want a guide to help keep us focused, in our choices, on what’s really important in life.   A challenge to keep our daily priorities on focus.  A vision of the things God can accomplish in and through us.

“More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent.” – Billy Sunday.


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