“Where there is no vision, the people perish; but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. “-Proverbs 29:18
Whether you have a family mission statement, a verse or motto it’s better than having nothing. It helps the family unit understand who they are and why they are here. It helps with planning your year if you know what your goals and purpose are.
This year we have chosen the family motto, “Be a blessing, not a burden.”
Whether it be in our daily responsibilities around the house, helping at church, contributing in the community or even how much we are willing to do on the job, our attitudes are so very important.
Boots usually mean work, so boot-up and be a blessing!
If you are not doing your part and you are able,
then someone else has to do it
that makes you a burden and not a blessing
Going the extra mile,
doing more than what is expected of you
makes you a blessing.
As parents we have got to set the example of a servant heart, always willing to serve others and then we need to train it into our children. For some children it comes easier than for others.
How this looks in our home:
The picture above will be printed off and posted on our refrigerator and also a copy for everyone’s binder as a reminder.
Each month we will go over a verse from the list below. These verses will also be incorporated into the children’s copywork for their lessons.
- “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ Acts 20:35
- “And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful.” Titus 3:14
- “Thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways.” Haggi 1:7
- “And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” Mark 9:35
- “Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.” Proverbs 11:25
- “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” 1 John 3:18
- “For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them.” 1 Corinthians 9:19
- “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
- “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45
- “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” Romans 12:1
- “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works…” Hebrews 10:24
- “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2
Talk about it:
As situations come up, whether it be bad attitudes or laziness we will ask, “Are you being a blessing or a burden?”
When someone is going the extra mile we will acknowledge it, a little praise goes a long way.
When we see situations publicly we will use them as object lessons. For example, if we see someone going out of their way to help someone in a store.
Let the children write stories, poems or even act out scenarios of someone being a blessing vs a burden.
Read stories or biographies.
Our heart’s desire is that our children love the Lord, all the days of their lives and that they love and serve their neighbor, especially those within the same 4 walls.
I’d love to hear your family does this kind of thing.