Take Your Faith on the Road
The sunscreen is out, the vacation plans are made, the flip flops are ready. Relaxed summer schedules often mean that we have more time to spend exploring and making new memories with our friends and family. A huge component of living out what we believe is the willingness to bring it into all of our journeys. We can allow the Scriptures to come alive in every type of vacation experience. Here are a few ideas for friends, families and kids (you are never too old or too young to find joy). Ideas are adapted from Ministry to Children.
- Keep consistent habits of Bible study and prayer. During the summer, we might let things slide, and it takes commitment to remember that God is central to our lives no matter what else is going on. Reading His word and praying together each day, whether we are at home or on vacation, models our dependence on Him.
- Try to schedule vacations and other activities so that, as often as possible, you can attend church. It is encouraging to pastors and congregations when members make it a priority to be present, and it shows respect for God’s command (Hebrews 10:25). If you are going to be away, find a local church in that area where you can worship. It’s fun and interesting, too!
- Teach at the beach. The beach and the ocean are mighty displays of God’s amazing handiwork. Drive that idea home with your friends and family by building a sandcastle near the tide, on the sand. Build another one on a rock on higher land. Discuss the wise man and the foolish man. How does that apply to us? Fill a small container with sand. How many granules would you estimate are in there? Talk about Psalm 139:17-18, “How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.”
- Get a new view of the zoo. The zoo is an amazing display of God’s creativity and it’s the perfect time to discuss God’s design for everything. Hunt for five of the most unusual or interesting animals. Discuss God’s purpose in His specific design of each animal. Try to find an animal for each letter of the alphabet. Make an A to Z book. Talk about Adam’s job to name the animals. What names would you have chosen?
- Camp out in the backyard. Take time to lay on the blanket and cloud watch in the backyard. Read Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” Plant a vegetable or flower garden. Read Mark 4:30-32, the Parable of the mustard seed. Or, At night, chase fireflies. Notice how they stand out in the darkness. How, as Christians, can we stand out because of our faith? Play flashlight tag. Sing, “This Little Light of Mine.” Search for constellations.
Summer is a wonderful time to remember that we are part of God’s creation and that His Word applies year-round, no matter where we are. Do you have a great way to keep God central during the summer and vacation? Tell us about it on Facebook.