Serious thoughts from the Laundry Lady…
A good friend of mine shared that she was working on creating a “Motherhood Mission Statement.” Mission Statements have of course been around in the business world and church world for many years. If you Google “What is a mission statement?”, one definition is “an organization’s description of itself. The declaration of values, goals, and aspirations that authoritative groups agree upon as being the central account of the organization’s unique sense of direction.”
I was challenged by this idea of creating a mission statement for my work as a mother, because honestly way too many of my days sail by almost haphazardly. If I am not careful, I fall into a mindset of thinking”Just let me get through this day with my sanity somewhat in tact!” Instead of doing anything with purpose and a goal in mind, I spend my time putting out fires. “Don’t take that toy away!” “PLEASE pee-pee in the potty and not in the trashcan.” (long story)”It’s not nice to hit your brother!” “Don’t put that in your ear.” “Stop picking your nose!” “Elbows off the table!” and on and on it goes. But in reality, I have goals and dreams for my children that go beyond them having good table manners and not causing bodily harm to themselves or their siblings. I want my children to lead lives that reflect the glory of God. I want them to seek His plan and will for their lives. I want them to consider others over themselves. (I asked Ryan yesterday, “What is the golden rule?” His response: “Treat your friends like ya want to.” Ummm….close, but not quite getting the spirit of it!) I want them to believe they can accomplish any goal they set for themselves. I want them to see God at work in the world around them. I want them to be blessed, yes, but more than that to be a blessing to others.
So, to create my mission statement I have looked at the definition above and asked myself: “What values, goals, and aspirations do I want to purposefully instill in my children? What is the unique direction I want to take this family? What is my central purpose?”
I am still working on creating a nice succinct statement that encapsulates my goals as a mother, but for now this is what I’ve come up with:
“To create a home environment where my children can give and receive the love of God daily, and are inspired to become fully devoted followers of Christ.”
Thoughts? If you create your own mission statement or just have thoughts on the subject, be sure to share them!