God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. – Genesis 1:27
A recent Barna poll found that people find their identity in family more than their faith, nationality, race or profession. God intentionally created family as the basic and essential unit of society. In our ministry to children, we constantly remind ourselves that the home has the greatest potential to develop faith, values and character.
The same poll shows that while 70 percent of parents have a specific set of values for their families, only 30 percent have written them out. Establishing and continually reinforcing your family’s core values and beliefs will help guide you and your children in a world of shifting and confusing values.
At Cottonwood Creek Kids we consider ourselves God’s family, loving and serving one another. That is who we are. We highlight four core values that guide what we do and how we serve. These values will also benefit every family in the home.
Love: This is the Christian’s greatest value (Matthew 22:36-40) because it sums up the entire law. And Jesus is our great example (John 13:34-35). With love, we treat (serve) each other as we would want to be treated (Luke 6:31).
Relationships: Love requires investment in one another. Strong relationships make strong families and an opportunity to reach people with the good news about Jesus.
Unity: A house divided against itself is doomed (Mark 3:25). This doesn’t mean everyone always agrees. It means that we know who we are and that we share the same purpose, goal and values. Just like the church’s unity elevates Jesus to the world (John 17:22-23), unity within the home elevates God’s purpose for the family.
Leadership: Everyone has a leadership role in life. We all have the capacity to influence others, for good or bad. Among other things, this means we’re responsible for our actions and must consider how our actions impact others. We understand that God has shaped each of us with specific gifts and we must use them to serve one another (1 Peter 4:10).
What are your family’s core values? Have you identified them and discussed them together? It’s good to revisit them regularly in good and tough times.