Winter is rapidly approaching and thoughts of the holidays are at the forefront of our minds. This is the season we think about family. Many of you will pack up your suitcases and load up your vehicle and head off to see Mom or Grandmother. But how likely is it that any of us will pack our suitcases and load up our car and head off, not knowing where we are going? If you don’t know where you are going, what do you tell Junior when he asks, “Are we there yet?” Well, it’s hard to tell since you’re not sure where you are going--which leads me to the point of this devotion: where is your family heading? As you travel together on this journey called life, how do you want your family to travel and where do you want them to end up? Have you ever considered a “Family Mission Statement,” something to guide you on this journey called life? A “Family Mission Statement” should clarify your values, goals, and principles in life, something to guide you down the road of life, some standards by which you make your decisions.
Here are some questions to ask as you think about how you want to reach your destination.
What do you want your kids to remember about you as parents (or you as a single parent)?
What do you want others to see in your family?
How does your family communicate, both in conflict and in peace?
What values do you want your children to have?
How will your children understand God’s character as seen through your examples?
So go ahead and write out (if you’ve not already done so) your “Family Mission Statement” as to what you want to accomplish in your family in this life for the glory of God.
What to do:
✞ Pray for our missionaries: Lisa Kendrick and Keith and Julia Klaus to Germany.
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