And ok, I haven't really done very many of the projects yet. A few I already did, but mostly I think to myself What a great idea! That would really make life so much simpler!
And there it stays.
BUT, Cory and I did sit down together one night and hammer out our family purpose statement. Maybe it's a little corny, but I agree with Tsh that it's important. Sure we might have the same broad goals, but it was really good for us to sit down and ask what those broad goals will look like as they are accomplished through our family. Nobody's family is the same, so no two families will have the same purpose statement.
We used this website to get us started, then tweaked and changed things around. Here's what we came up with.
Vail Family Purpose Statement
As a family we are at our best when each member of the family is striving to live by grace through faith by the power of the Holy Spirit.
We will try to prevent times when we attempt to live by our own strength – allowing selfish desires to wage war in our flesh.
We will find more time with each other to intentionally serve God by serving others.
We will help each family member by listening, being patient, spurring one another on towards love and good deeds, and by reminding one another of the Gospel.
We will help others by giving to and serving in the church, and by practicing hospitality.
We will stop procrastinating and start working on: sharing the Gospel with others, fulfilling our God-given roles and "reverse-engineering" our lives.
We will be viewed as a family that is tightly knit, compassionate, hospitable, gracious and loving.
We will constantly renew ourselves by focusing on: worship, exercise, nutrition, learning, and fellowship.
We will make choices and decisions based on: God’s word, the Holy Spirit’s leading, and wise council.
We will remember that it is all about Jesus.
That's our statement. It's in a Word document on our computer, but now I need a way to display it.
We want it to be visible in our home so that we can point to it regularly. When we want to eat chips and watch TV, we can point to item number eight. When we discipline our children, we can point to the second item. When we have a tough decision to make, we can remind ourselves of the tenth item.
But I'm NOT creative. I have no idea how to put this up, except maybe to type it up in a pretty font and frame it. That may be what I end up doing, but I would love to find something even prettier.