Week Three – Day 6
SERVICE DAY – Do something special as a family – Invite other families or singles to join you.
Going to church as a family and with your family is a great thing. Your family will be better for it and it is nearly impossible to be a godly family if you aren’t involved in a church body. Formal, regular, scheduled times of spiritual practice are essential for godliness.
On the other hand, informal times, often called “teachable moments” are invaluable as well. Of course, to take advantage of these, we ourselves must be walking in the Spirit, living by faith. When our spouse or our child needs prayer, we will pray. When we are enjoying a special event or vacation as a family, it will be a moment of thanksgiving before God. Most people learn much better through observation and participation than by formal instruction.
Do you want a godly family? Be a godly person. If godliness isn’t a compartment of your life, but is the character of your life, then teaching your kids to be godly will be as simple as spending time with them.
- Take a bike ride together.
- Fly a kite, play catch or Frisbee.
- Tour a local establishment (newspaper, office, radio station, museum, city hall, visit a zoo).
- Plant flowers and/or a vegetable garden.
- Have a scavenger hunt.
- Go feed geese or ducks, go fishing.
- Visit a nearby playground or park, have a picnic.
- Take a blanket and several books outside and read under the shade of a tree.
- Make homemade ice cream, cook a meal together.
- Camp out in the backyard or make an indoor tent with blankets.
- Have a game night with friends and family.
- Write a handwritten letter to grandparents or other relatives or to a missionary.
- Find some old family albums and have fun reminiscing.
Father, today open my eyes to see how you are moving in the mundane and normal life. Help me to see how you are working in my family to draw us closer to yourself. Make godliness the norm in my life today and not the exception. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 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.” Deuteronomy 6:5-7 NIV