Thursday, February 19, 2009

A Vision for Family




Our family June 2007 Visit from grandparents


On a wall in our family room I have an area for pinning up posters. You can tell a lot about people from what they choose to display on the walls of their home. We have a world map at 'small child height', so younger members of the family can locate countries and oceans. There is the 'Fossickers Guide to Australia which shows the different gemstones that can be found in this country and on prominent display is our family vision poster.
Most businesses in today's commercial environment have mission statements, they may be displayed in their head office or printed on business cards. The statement is there for one main purpose, to tell their customers why their business exists, it conveys what they stand for and what they are working towards.
For a long time, I held in my heart a vision for my family but I never wrote it down, then one day I put pen to paper and wrote it in my journal. It gave me personal clarification but why conceal it? Do businesses hide their mission statements? I pondered this for some time then decided I would start to share my vision with others by declaring it on a collage poster to display in my home.
I bought a sheet of card and began to search magazines for pictures which reflected what my heart delights in.

I found pictures of ......

homes - a country kitchen for home cooking and hospitality
gardens - brimming with organic produce
children - playing outside, exploring nature
food - health and happiness
books - the Bible, our handbook for life, children's classics to read aloud,
creativity - in learning, arts and crafts, sewing, gift giving
Christmas - my favourite time of the year.

After sorting through the pictures and choosing those I loved the most, I arranged them and rearranged them several times and then glued them into place.
In the centre of my poster is a picture of a table, beautifully set for an alfresco lunch. The meal is a plate piled with salad, luscious leaves and colourful, crisp vegetables. It looks so appetising, healthy, fresh from the garden - the type of food I want to feed my family. In the background is a garden full of produce, rows of vegetables companion planted with flowers. It speaks to me of abundance, health, fruitfulness and God's provision.
They say a picture can speak a thousand words, it can also spark vision and this is what I wrote

'Living off our land .... having an abundance of healthy, organic produce from beautiful gardens to nourish our family and share with our friends' and 'We will eat to live on wholefoods, fruits and vegetables, God's gifts to us. We want to be full of health, vitality and energy to be able to serve His purposes, today and in the future.'

Above, a glimspe of our Family Vision Poster

I found a picture of children playing in a stream, in the background a white house in a forest - it spoke to me of raising beautiful children in a beautiful place and gave me the theme for this blog! I added one of my favourite Bible verses from Psalm 144 verse 12

'Then our sons in their youth will be like well-nurtured plants, and our daughters will be like pillars carved to adorn a palace'.

I copied out our vision statement for our children

'We will raise outstanding children who reflect the character of Christ, with a love of life, passion for people and wholehearted desire for learning.'

I then asked each child to write out or dictate their vision - what did they believe God wanted them to do with the life they had been given? What were their dreams, hopes, aspirations? This was an exercise in encouragement for the heart of a mother, each child had a different dream, one was an entrepreneur, another a skilled homemaker, gardener and baker, another wanted to travel to Asia, another wanted to be a famous tennis player which explains why there is a picture of Roger Federer on the family vision poster!

As well as outlining the vision for our family, I wanted to express our desire to serve others and share the dream we have to see the family restored, of Christian families living lives 'worthy of the calling', drawing others to Christ, strengthening churches and communities and building nations.
Those who visit our home (and now this blog!) can read our vision statement and people do! I know the girl who laminated the poster for me at the printing shop did! It tells others what we stand for, what drives us, what inspires us and what we believe God stands for, after all, family was His idea and it began in a garden home called Eden... a place of delight!

In future posts, I'll tell you more about our family, why we believe that Christians should be the healthiest people on the planet, why we are planting food gardens, reducing our dependency on the supermarket and simplifying our lives, oh and so much more! For now I will leave you with some questions to ponder.
1. Do you have a vision for your family? For yourself?
2. Have you ever written it down?
3. Have you shared your vision with others?
4. Have you ever considered publishing or displaying your family vision in a creative format for others to see/read - posters, prints, journals, web blogs?
I'd love to hear ideas of how other families are sharing their vision and inspiring others.

With love and joy,
Ann

2 comments:

Bekah said...

This is amazing!!!! I just stumbled across your blog as I was searching for an example of a Family Vision/Mission. Thank you for sharing yours... now to pray about ours! :)

Kristy Quinn said...

I had never heard of a Family Vision poster. What a terrific idea! I am so busy, and as the weight of the unemployment world weighs heavy on mine and my husbands shoulders, we could def. use a reminder of our family visions. I know my kids could too! I'm sorry that your original post didn't receive much feedback. I am grateful you wrote about it again and put a link. Thank you <3

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