Deuteronomy 6:4-9 reads, “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 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 upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road . . . “
As you’re on the road, think on (and do) these things and involve your kids in service to the LORD and His people:
– As a group, call some friends and go clean a new home just before someone moves into it (great way to meet your new pastor, new staff member, or new neighbor)
– Co-teach a Sunday school class every Sunday, then worship together as a family (Baby Girl started teaching 4th graders with me when she was in 9th grade)
– Make MUST summer lunches together
– When I started my preschool year and would bleach my classroom tables, chairs, and walls, I would bring them with me, the more the merrier.
– Volunteer as a travel guide or a leader in VBS together (let them take the lead)
– Whatever your current ministry, have them minister with you until they find their own ministry (Know that this will take time – years even and that’s OK – we are raising adults who will serve and love their LORD and His people)
– Bake a cake, bring ice cream and cones (no dishes for anyone to wash), just because someone they know needs a pick-me-up
– Pick fruit at a local orchard, make a pie/cake/bread and share it with whomever THEY choose
– Be a Secret Encourager (Matthew 6:4 & 6 “Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”) Encourage them to take in the trash can, scrape ice off the neighbor’s car windows, bring up the newspaper, push in a friend’s chair in Sunday school, you get the picture. Practicing secret encouragement leads them to be more likely to serve without self glorification.