If you head on over to your local pinterest board and do a search for "house rules" you'll come across tens upon hundreds of photos like this:
I find these house rules fascinating because they capture so succinctly the values a family holds. I also enjoy reading other family's house rules because it helps me distill the values I want upheld most in my own house. And well, some that I don't. "Be happy" for instance, doesn't appeal to me. I'd be more apt to put down, "It's okay to be sad for a while," but maybe I'm reading too much into it.
John and I sat down and had a great discussion coming up with our own house rules. To keep in line with the way the rules are done on the pictures above, our goal was to stay between 8-12 rules. We came up with nine worth writing down.
The shema and the two greatest commandments will always be the basis for our lives and how we live those out can be summarized in our house rules:
Hold your convictions with grace
Practice hospitality and generosity
Come to the defense of those in need
Live passionately and with integrity
Seek peace with God & his creation
Be gentle and gracious
Honor the image of God in others
Do all these things in humility
It seems so nice and tidy to read it like that, but making this list proved to be a challenge! There were so many things we thought we could add or edit or tweak... there were a few sentences that could have easily turned into an essays with footnotes but that wouldn't make for nice looking wall art, would it? In the end we were mostly satisfied. I have a feeling our house rules may continue to be a work in progress.
Do you have house rules? Written? Unwritten? Share a few!