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Family as an Enterprise (A Series Begins!)

by Kelly Crawford


Yesterday’s post made me think of a lot that’s wrong with the way the family is viewed.  Once our “big picture” gets fuzzy, all the pieces stop making sense.

Enterprise:   “a systematic unit of economic organization or purposeful activity.”

If we viewed the family as an enterprise, wouldn’t these issues that are so controversial unravel a bit?  Wouldn’t we see things in such a different light?

Again, I must speak as a Christian, to Christians, with God’s Word as my baseline.  Nevertheless, God’s principles work to an extent in anyone’s life.

  1. If we viewed the family as an enterprise, it would completely change the way we view children.  Children who only take from the family are considered burdens; children who give back are blessings.  People want more blessing; they don’t want more burden.  It’s that simple.
  2. As in yesterday’s post, viewing the family as an enterprise would cause us to view marriage differently.  It places the wife as her husband’s partner/assistant–what the Bible calls a “help suitable for him”.   This understanding doesn’t place the wife under oppression–it elevates her to a place of importance.  In God’s design, a family can’t be all it was intended without the husband and wife working together toward the same goal–COMPLEMENTING  each other in their specific gifts.  Oh that we could see the simplicity of it!
  3. The family as an enterprise means economic growth and production, and a wise use of resources.  (It’s a green family, really 😉  Stuff should be happening–in a practical way–to supplement the family economy.  (I’m not suggesting every family needs a home business–I’m talking even on a simpler level of just cooking real food, finding cheaper ways of living, canning from the garden–practical ways to stretch the budget by saving and production.
  4. The family enterprise is a center of outreach for the needs around it.  How few programs and government assistance would be needed if we all cared more about our neighbors and spent that extra money helping someone in need instead of buying a new “whatever we don’t need”? 

Can we shake off the shackles of self-fulfillment and regain a vision of  the unity God intended in families–that unity that extends to communities and ultimately is the glue that holds the nation together?

May God be gracious to resurrect the vision of family.


I got so excited thinking through this post that I decided to do a series called “Family Enterprise” taking a day for each topic to talk about specific ways the family can be a hub of economic growth, production and conservation.  I plan to cover at least the following topics complete with examples, photos and ideas:

Saving money through:




Homemade gifts


Using natural resources

Homemade vs. commercial


Making money through:

Selling (yard sales, Ebay, etc.)

Using your gifts


I’m sure much of the information will be some of what I’ve discussed here before, but I’m hoping it is worth repeating, and covers more details in a more organized way.

Get your ideas and input ready!

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Deanna June 2, 2009 - 5:49 am

I have been visiting here so much over the last month and I have never found anything less than great blessings here. Thank you. I am continually sharing your site and blurbs from your posts so everyone else can visit as well.
I am excited to see how this series goes, but I know I won’t be disappointed!


Miriam June 2, 2009 - 5:51 am

Looking forward to it!
Great topic. I really appreciate your posts. I am learning lots from your ideas/advice/wisdom and have enjoyed following different links to Bria’s page, and from there to Olivia’s and others. Lots of amazing things to read about.

Olivia June 2, 2009 - 8:31 am

I just wrote about that very subject!

We call it the WE factor everyone pitching in to make the family successful.

Katie LaPierre June 2, 2009 - 10:29 am

looking forward to this as well!

Kim M. June 2, 2009 - 10:42 am

So true! I am also looking forward to this series. 🙂

Jill F, June 2, 2009 - 10:58 am

Don’t miss posting on the family as impacting the world through hospitality! This is a hurting world looking for a home. The relationship of marraige is a picture of Christ and the church and when we invite people IN they see a little picture (no matter how flawed it is). Ice tea and popcorn can be served but the WELCOME is what impacts the guests. And hospitality is a wonderful, practical training for our children as they prepare, pray (for coming guests),serve, listen, ask questions and LOVE the guests. It’s a wonderful blessing for a child to grow up in a home where people are welcome! They feel proud to know that their parents are proactively using their home to love and serve others. We were missionaries with Wycliffe Bible translators and heard many stories about how God used the hospitality of the missionaries to break down barriers so that God’s word was allowed to be translated. Never underestimate the power of, “We would love to have you over to our house…when can you come?”.

Christina June 2, 2009 - 10:59 am

I’m really looking forward to this, Kelley!

My husband and I were just talking recently how having a large family has made us more self reliant. Thanks to Google, we’ve saved ourselves several hundred $$ this month in car repairs. There is so much information out there to help us! We bought the parts, followed the step by step directions I found online and the check engine light is now off…lol. We had to do this twice this month for two separate issues.

Oh and I have to share this one…we needed new wallpaper in our kitchen and I got three rolls of some nice stuff at a garage sale for $1! THEN…we decided ceiling fans in our kitchen and living room would be nice. So we hit the yard sale circuit and the first house we came to had two matching fans, with remotes for $5…for both!! God makes me laugh sometimes. He’s so amazing.

Have you heard of the Victory Egg Garden? http://www.daysofoldherbfarm.com/chicken-coops.htm We saw this at a homeschool convention and fell in love with the idea. The plans were a little expensive for us though, so we’re going to wait. But we’re excited about it!

Mommaof10 June 2, 2009 - 11:14 am

This is precisely why we named our family business, “Seargeant Family Enterprises.” We are working together as a family, which most customers love, to serve others and provide for our family.

And, this is an outcropping of taking your thoughts into every day life. We all work together in daily household life as well.

Great thoughts.

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Kristen June 2, 2009 - 12:36 pm

I’ve visited your blog several times, but have never commented. I’ve enjoyed (and agreed with) what you have to say and am looking forward to your little series coming up!

Word Warrior June 2, 2009 - 12:43 pm

Jill–YES, hospitality could have a series all its own…a lost ministry in our day.

Word Warrior June 2, 2009 - 12:44 pm

Momma of 10–LOVE that name!

Word Warrior June 2, 2009 - 12:46 pm

Christina–thanks for the link (and the tips!) We have a lot of “square foot gardening” and chicken coops going up around here…it’s on our to-do list too 😉 More about that in the series.

Stephanie June 2, 2009 - 3:14 pm

What an amazing post, both today and yesterday! You said what I have been thinking. God has really been pressing on my heart what my family should be, and areas that need work. I am looking forward to this very much!

I hope you continue to be blessed

Forever Married June 2, 2009 - 4:04 pm

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Jennifer October 22, 2011 - 11:46 pm

What happened here?? The outlining?


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