Day 3 – Following Jesus Along the Way
“When you’re on a mission trip, it’s easy to live with a focus on God. But in the normal flow of life, with all its soccer games and carpools and driving all over town, not so much. That’s why we’ve tried our best to use everyday experiences to draw our kids closer to Jesus and help them focus on the needs of others. Living this way makes faith come alive in our kids. It makes it more than a quiet time or a family devotional. Jesus becomes real to them. I believe my role as a parent is to help create environments where my kids can experience the presence of God, and then lead them in reaching out to others. Have I been perfect? No way! But I’ve tried my hardest to be intentional with the days we’ve had.”
-Parenting Without Regret: Raising Kids with Purpose, Not Perfection
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 says, “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” As parents we are charged to make Jesus a holistic part of our lives. The idea is not just to have Jesus in a devotional time and then let him remain unmentioned until the dinner prayer. God’s design is for parents to find ways to thread the reality of Christ throughout the day. One way we can do this is in the car. We all spend countless hours in the car with our kids. We have included ten creative car time ideas to fuel your engagement and intentionality as a parent. Take advantage of your time in the car today and try a few of these out.
BONUS: Ten Creative Car Time Ideas offers parents intentional tools for both short and long journeys in the car. Enough with eye spy! Use this resource to expand your repertoire of exciting ideas for connecting with your kids during a drive.