What Is Your Family’s Mission?
I was blessed to come across this post in the Twitterverse, and its author, Patricia Jones, has graciously allowed me to use it here. She and her husband both work with Compassion International, and in the post, Patricia is about to go on a trip to Ethiopia. In a few days I will share more about the ministry her daughter Isabel has started, another great story! I’m inspired by this family’s commitment to missional living, and I think you will be too!
She kissed me and squeezed me. â€œMommy I am going to miss you.â€ Then Grace kissed my cheek and squeezed me again.
The other night we gathered as a family before bedtime and prayed for each other. Stephen suggested we pray for the person on our left so Grace prayed for me.
â€œThank you God for everything. Thank you for my mom. Keep her safe, keep her healthy. Donâ€™t let any of the food she might eat inâ€¦â€¦(stop, pause)â€¦. â€œMom, where are you going again? â€
â€œEthiopiaâ€ I said.
â€¦..â€donâ€™t let any of the food in Ethiopia make her sick. Thank you again God for my mom. Bring her home safe.â€
After we were done praying as a family, Isabel called me over to her bed. â€œSnuggle with me MOM. I have something I would like to pray about.â€
â€œOK, what is it?â€
â€œShoes for Kids.â€ She said.
So with passion she began a very heart felt prayer. â€œGod, thank you for everything. Thank you for all the shoes for ShoesforKids. Lord one day I pray I might get to see the faces of smiling kids as they get shoes. But God, I pray for each child that receives a pair of shoes. Please God help them. Thank you God. Thank you for everything.â€
After our prayer time, I had a hard time sleeping, thinking about these sweet prayers. My heart felt squeezed with emotion at saying goodbye to my kids, but I was overwhelmed with gratitude that I have three children who get it and a husband that shares a passion for ministry. They understand this world and all the darkness of poverty because they have seen it. They understand the difference between want and need. They understand blessings, and for the most part, live with thankfulness. They all desire to make the world a better place.
â€œThy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in Heavenâ€¦â€
I have now said my goodbyes and am sitting at the airport waiting for my flight. The sunrise this morning was brilliant. The reflection of the sun on the clouds made the sky look like a blanket of fire. I was reminded of Godâ€™s majesty and all the blessings in this life. My children and my husband are indeed my greatest blessing and my heart feels such gratitude as I think of them and their love and support as I journey to Ethiopia.
I donâ€™t feel alone. This is not just a business trip to my kids. Itâ€™s our family mission. We are in this together.
If there was one thing I could pass on to all parents, it is this: Find a family mission.
â€œThy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.â€
Whether you family helps at a local mission, or collects shoes, sponsors children, or does a mission trip, having a family mission is such a blessing. It brings closeness and focus and keeps things in perspective. It brings gratitude into the home. Often we can remind each other what is most important.
â€œMom, you donâ€™t need another pair of shoes.â€ Isabel said to me the other day as I admired the Nordstrom shoe sale.
A big sister to a little sisterâ€¦..â€I am so very proud of you! Isabel for ShoesforKids, I brag about you all the time,â€ Julia declares.
Leaving is hard, but knowing I am an ambassador on behalf of my family, makes it ok.
This is our family mission. Together, the Jonesâ€™ want to make the world a better place.
What is your family’s mission? I’d love to hear your thoughts and responses on how you have discovered and lived out a missional focus in your family’s life!