When my hubby and I were first dating,and then when I had brainwashed and hypnotized him into thinking he couldn't live without me (bwahahahaha), we sat down and spent a lot of time writing up a Family Mission and Vision Statment. What an exercise! If you ever think you know what you want your life or your family or your marriage to look like, and if you think your spouse wants the same, you should definitely be ready for your eyes to be opened by a truly fun, and exceptionally useful, exercise such as this.
I remember one of the things we had on our list "wants" for our marriage and our home was peace and a lack of anger. Great idea. What does that look like? Where does that come from? Well, we searched out the scriptures to find what the Word said about anger, and boy, did I ever learn I had a LOT to work through from my own angry, angst-ridden past before I could truly live in peace with anyone. Very eye-opening...and humbling.
Recently, I've been looking at Romans (you just gotta love Romans) and I have found several passages that would make for wonderful starting points for a family motto. Chris and I have been revisiting our goals and our vision for the family and these passages sure set a beautiful tone. Read these, and try and convince me this isn't what you want for your marriage, your family, your workplace, your ministry, your relationships, your church.
Romans 14:19 "So then, let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding."
(my new favourite) Romans 15:5-6 "May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Jesus Christ, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Now both of those have SO much to dig deeper in to, and more to define and grasp that you could really study that for a long, long time. But just imagine what your home, what my home, might look like if one of these was the new motto, or the new focus and mind set.
What scriptures do you look to for purpose and focus? Do you have a key verse, or a life verse, that drives you?