My family is taking part on Amor’s Advent daily devotional to prepare for Christmas.
The first disruption for 24 Days of Disrupt was to “Create your Family Mission Statement.”
It was weird at first, but after watching the videos on the blog, it became a lot less intimidating.
We used the family rules poster we have for ideas; lingo from the 7 habits that Mia has been learning at school, and took turns answering questions about what is important for us. We put it all together in a beautiful sentence that little D created.
We also added and defined some values that are important for us.
“We will serve God through life’s journey with humor, compassion, love and respect for one another.”
Respect: Listening, seeking to understand, caring and serving one another.
Humor: Laugh at ourselves, see life with optimism add jokes and fun.
Compassion: Think of others and reach to those who are hurting.
Adventure: Seek experiences, try new things and don’t be afraid to fail.
Affection: Kind words, hugs, snuggles, and besos.
Family: Time together.
We hope this will continue helping us create a family culture that will help us guide us in the same direction during the holidays and on years to come.
The day escaped us. We didn’t do our family Mission Statement for Day 1 on 24 Days of Disrupt.
We knew it was important and my family has been hearing about #24daysofdisrupt since the day we were still planning beach days. But at the end a series of events simply didn’t allow us to carry it through.
In the past we created the “Thursdays family hangout” which it was supposed to be the time to really evaluate what it was important for us. We quit when it became too hard to keep with our schedules.
And this is exactly why it’s important to create a Family Mission Statement
. To have a map. While we have a true North in Jesus, without an actual plan our best intentions fall short and it’s easier to give up to the urgent instead of what is truly important. Not necessarily true for today though.
For today I choose to extend grace to every member of the family, including myself. We’ll revisit this challenge, hopefully soon.
In the meantime we’ll keep on opening the doors of our Amor Advent calendar, opening our Bibles and praying for God to truly leave our hearts open and disrupt our Christmas.
Still, being that I don’t like not doing my homework, these are three things I consider important in my life which might or not be added in some sort of Mission Family Statement:
1. To go passionately whatever God may call me
2. To stand for social justice
3. To act in compassion and love
“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. (Psalm 37:4-6 NIV)