All great companies eagerly broadcast and reinforce a vision/mission statement and set of core values for their team members. It’s foundational because it undergirds the company with a healthy mental framework, and helps to maintain a robust direction centered around a specific pattern of thought and behavior.
Those involved can clearly see where they are going (vision) and are acutely aware of how to execute that vision (mission).
In short, we run our companies and churches based on mission statements because they keep everyone’s mind on what matters most. My question is: Why don’t we do this with our families?
God is calling all men everywhere to lead with vision and purpose as head caretakers. As men, we need to provide a structure for our families.
Hang them on the walls of your living room or office.
To be a family that loves God by inviting His presence into our hearts and home.
To live as true followers of Jesus, exemplified by how we love God and others, inviting all people into God’s story through Christ.
1. Humility – We put others first.
2. Honesty – We tell the truth and admit when we are wrong.
3. Generosity – We share with others and give to those in need.
4. Discipline – We work as for the Lord, and for the greater good of the family.
5. Stewardship – We are wise managers of the things God gives us
As their leader, I recognize and embrace my responsibility to manage. On a whiteboard in my office, I have several statements that bring me back to a good understanding of who I am as a man, leader, and follower of Christ. Again, it’s clearly visible in my office.
1. I am a child of God, and I belong to Him.
2. I commit to follow Jesus by dying to myself.
3. God will honor my hard work, humility, discipline, maturity, and love.
4. Everything I do today matters in light of eternity.
5. Every moment counts, so I will run my race with diligence.
6. God has given me [TIME]. DO NOT waste it.
7. I will point others to Jesus by how I speak and treat others.
8. Remember: My flesh destroys me, but God’s Spirit empowers me.
9. I am responsible for everyone under my leadership.
10. I will be held accountable for everyone under my leadership.
Specifically for men, we have the responsibility (and honor) to lead our families by creating a space in our homes for God’s presence to live among us, so that He can dwell richly in our hearts and minds.
We are the leaders of our homes, and it’s our responsibility to create this environment. Men, start with a mission statement.