I mentioned in the previous post about a set of “rules” we call the McCutcheon Family Values. Here’s the story I wrote in Jenny’s blog last July that explains what that’s all about. (Sorry if this is a “repeat” for some of you!)

Two years ago, we’ve felt convicted to develop and instill in our family a set of clearly-defined Biblical values that we could teach our children, and to which we could hold each other accountable.  This code of conduct would uniquely identify us as a family, and would formalize what we have “unofficially” prioritized over the years in our home.

We want do this teaching throughout our children’s stay in our home. Our goal is to go over one value a week – every time we have a focused Sabbath day (Saturdays for us).  So every year, our kids should focus on each value five times, for at least nine more years!

We aim to use these values as a reference point to both praise and correct our kids – even now, we’re seeing them being used in our parenting!  We hope that our kids will one day pass these values along to their children, while living out these values in their own personal lives.

We finally settled on ten points of emphasis that we dubbed the “McCutcheon Family Values”.  We have been teaching them to our children, having them memorize the corresponding Bible verses. They’ve all memorized the verses!

We wanted to post these on the blog for a couple reasons: first, to inspire readers to consider instilling a formal code of ethics in their own families; second, to have people who regulary interact with us or our children be able to reinforce what we try to instill in our home – even to the point of holding us accountable!

So, here are the McCutcheon Family Values, with Biblical references:

1.  McCutcheons put others ahead of themselves.  (Phillipians 2:3-4)
2.  McCutcheons have peace with each other.  (Ephesians 4:3)
3.  McCutcheons shine for Jesus with our attitude.  (Phillipians 2:14-15)
4.  McCutcheons always try our best for God.  (Colossians 3:23)
5.  McCutcheons listen to others’ points of view.  (James 1:19-20)
6.  McCutcheons say “no” to the good things so we can say “yes” to the best things.  (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
7.  McCutcheons focus on rest, family, and God on the Sabbath.  (Exodus 20:8-10a)
8.  McCutcheons support each other, no matter what.  (Galatians 6:2)
9.  McCutcheons obey right away.  (Ephesians 6:1)
10. McCutcheons love God with everything we’ve got.  (Mark 12:30)