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!
Let's see if this works.
Okay. Starr, I think that mission statement is great! You don't need to change it.
As for me, I decided to stick with my first thought of "to train my children in the fear of the Lord." As I told you before, at first I just thought it sounded good and Biblical since "fear the Lord" is mentioned so often in the Bible. But then I started studying up on it and I realized what it means to fear the Lord and I realized it applied very well to my mission as a mom.
To fear the Lord means to stand in awe of Him, to respect Him, to love him, to obey His commands, to hate evil and to serve Him. Right now, I am working on teaching Jonah and Hannah to fear the Lord by standing in awe of Him. I point out His creation and his goodness in our lives. As they get a little older, I will teach them more about the respecting, loving, obeying, hating evil and serving part of "fearing the Lord." That is also part of why I chose it for my mission statement. I can condense it into one sentance, but it really means so much more and can easily adapt to their ages.
Oh my! What a wonderfully loaded question. I thought about this ALL day. Thank you for making me pause to think about this.
One of my favorite quotations of all, from one of my favorite people of all, Amy Carmichael:
"Now you are deep in what seems to me a peculiarly selfless service. The spiritual training of children must be that. You work for the years you will not see. You work for the Invisible all the time, but you work for the Eternal. So it is all worthwhile."
In light of that and of a hundred other things flitting through my mind all day, here is my mission statement as a mother:
First and foremost, to delight in the Lord my God daily, publicly, and personally within sight of my children--that they would see firsthand the pure joy of loving Him and living in His light; and to lovingly create a home in which the Lord's ways are authentically, beautifully taught and revered.
WHEW!!! That was HARD!!!
What wonderful friends I have!! Your kids are blessed indeed! :)