Sunday, May 10, 2009

Write it Down

Robin and I had never written our family vision down until a few weeks ago when we were asked to do it for a project we are working on. I don’t really know why we had never written it down. I’ve been around a lot of people who have written their vision statements and even some that lead seminars to help families with their family vision. But we just had not done it. We knew in our heads what it was but we had never written it out where we could look at it or show it to others and really understand what our vision is all about.

When we did it became clear why everyone should.

Interestingly, because we have been living it for years, it only took a few minutes to do it, and then a little more tweaking the next day.

It’s not magic but it just clarifies what you have maybe known (or maybe not known) about the direction of your family. Since we have written it down I have looked at it for guidance and direction. Your vision statement helps to keep you on track. It can also help others around you to understand why you do what you do. I’m big on passing down to my family what is and has been important in our life. I also want my family to know the direction they might go to accomplish what God has called them into.

Maybe your family is about helping the poor, maybe you’re about loving and serving others, and maybe you haven’t even thought about a direction for your family.

What is your reason for being here together? There is one.

Have you got a family vision statement? Have you written it down? Do you think it’s important?

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Dirk

5 comments:

Michael said...

We have never actually written it down, either. We discuss it from time to time with each other, along with why certain things are important...kinda making sure we are on the same page.

I think writing it down as a reminder for yourselves as parents is great and also discussing it with the kids...just by letting them know what God has placed on your hearts as parents to be important for your family.

I also like having it for others to see and discuss. Good thoughts...thanks for the post!

Theresa said...

We haven't but I think we should. :)

Belinda Breitling said...

Great idea...I think Jerry will like writing it down and passing it down to the kids. Will really help solidify the vision..He has such strong vision but we really need to have it communicated to instill it in the children and the children's children.

It is easier to follow a vision when you know what it is.

Love you guys,

Belinda from Germany

sheri yates said...

awesome! I would love to read your family vision someday!! :-) You guys have a wonderful family!! Love, sheri

taylor said...

what an amazing idea! writing it down and putting it somewhere visible is also brilliant - a dull pencil is better than a sharp mind!