Why I Love This Book In Two Short Sentences: You make a family purpose statement and then run all your junk/clutter/stuff/schedule, etc. through the filter of your family’s purpose. If it’s not helping you fulfill your purpose, say bye-bye.
I loved reading your comments on that post, because so many of you share my pitter-pat passion for de-cluttering. A couple people wanted to know about my family purpose statement (and wondered how active a role Gabe played in the process of creating it). I promised a post about that “soon.”
Is one-fourth of a year later “soon?”
On March 22, I wrote about our weekend of de-cluttering. The girls and I went on a rampage through our house, cleaning and purging like madwomen. We hadn’t really nailed down our purpose statement at that point, but we talked about what we want to spend the next 8-10 years doing and decided that a lot of our stuff was superfluous and would, in no way, help us achieve our dreams.
I don’t know that I blogged about it a ton after our garage sale in late April, but my journal over the next few weeks has lots and lots of stuff about living out our family’s purpose.
3.21.11–No thanks, Dave Ramsey. I cannot justify saving thousands and thousands of dollars when millions of children around the globe need rice and clean water TODAY. My God will supply my every need, my daily bread. I am so glad Gabe and I are of one mind on this one.
4.10.11–I have big dreams, Lord. And I so want to align them with yours. I want to see the world with our girls. I don’t want to live a normal American life in suburbia. My heart beats for Cambodia. (oooh–I have a t-shirt idea!)
4.20.11–Deuteronomy 15:10-11: Give freely and spontaneously. Don’t have a stingy heart. The way you handle matters like this triggers God’s, your God’s, blessing in everything you do, all your work and ventures. There are always going to be poor and needy people among you. So I command you: Always be generous, open purse and hands, give to your neighbors in trouble, your poor and hurting neighbors.
5.02.11–It’s time. This is it. It is time to get out of debt, organized, and ready to roll for the kingdom. Help me, Lord. I want to follow you.
5.03.11–Gabe and I chatted about our family purpose statement last night (bless his heart). Then the girls and I sang it.
On page 39 of Organized Simplicity, Tsh writes, “In the end, the goal is to have a clear, concise workable purpose statement that accurately reflects your priorities, your personality, and your vision for your family. You want it to be a timeless, easy-to-read, holistic statement that applies to everyone in the family. It will help you make decisions, feel confident about saying “no,” and be a bit better at focusing on the important instead of the urgent.”
So, after a few weeks of scribbling down ideas and adding/subtracting phrases, we came up with something we really like.
The Taviano Family Purpose Statement:
Love the world.
See the world.
Tell the world.
Fun, huh? It will take another whole post (maybe three) to explain all the things we’re thinking/dreaming/doing to line up our lives with that purpose. But here’s a smattering to get you thinking:
Daily reminding ourselves of these precious kiddos–how joyful they are with how little they have.
Redecorating the girls’ “office” with globe-turquoise walls and a globe/world map theme (all their idea, but goodness, their mama’s in heaven).
Writing an e-book to add to our Cambodia Fund.
Planting our first “garden” and getting serious about recycling, talking about free trade and how our buying/living choices affect others around the globe.
Neighborhood outreach with our church (including meeting new friends at World Refugee Day last Saturday).
More about our Family Purpose Statement to come. And yes, because I tend to turn normal, everyday statements into song around the house, we put it to “music.” (If enough of you request it, I may post a little music video in the next few days)
Question(s) for you:
1. Do you have a family purpose statement? If so, I’d love to hear it.
2. If not, do you think it’s something you might consider? What kinds of things might it include?