The mission statement is a big trend these days. Large corporations, small businesses, charitable groups and even homeschools have mission statements. What is a mission statement? It’s a document that lays out the values driving your organization (or marriage). So why should you have a mission statement for your marriage?
You certainly don’t have to have one. We didn’t have one until about five years ago. But we love having it now. A marriage mission statement is something that can bring you together as you work on it, clarify your values and goals and give you a reminder of why you’re married and where you want your marriage to go.
Here are a couple of excerpts from our marriage mission statement:
- We are committed to working as a strong and unified team to raise healthy, happy, strong kids with character, ethics and a sense of joy.
- We value our friends and family and want always to make our home a place where the people we care about feel welcome, loved and comfortable.
You get the idea?
We had a lot of fun writing our mission statement. We each wrote down things that we thought should be included, then we got together one night, chose all of the ones that we had both listed, then chose some of the ones on each other’s lists. Then over the course of two or three evenings, we chose the final wording, picked out printer paper and fonts and graphics that we liked, printed it and framed it. It now hangs on the wall going into our family room.
Our mission statement has been a really powerful reminder of our love and our values when things got tough. Both of our kids have said that they found it comforting and inspirational. A mission statement can help not only you and your mate but the people who come into contact with your marriage.
SmartParenting.com has some great tips for writing a family mission statement. Take a look and get inspired. Then get your mate on board!