We're big racing fans in our house -- well, three of us are. My oldest daughter would rather do just about anything other than go to the race track and watch cars go around in circles. Once a year we make her go with us to the Indy 500.
If you asked the three of us who like racing about the 500, we'll give you a glowing account of the racing, the pit stops, the crashes and who won. If you ask my older daughter about the race, she's most likely to tell you about the pre-race ceremonies and the people she saw in the crowd. What she gets out of the event has a lot to do with her perspective going in.
The same is true of our summertime excursions. We can take our kids to the zoo, a museum, mini golfing or to the pool. If our perspective is that this will be a fun outing, then that's all it will be. But if our perspective is that this outing is an opportunity to teach our kids something, then the trip takes on a whole new meaning.
We can take the everyday things we do in the summer and turn them into meaningful moments that teach our kids about God. There's nothing wrong with an outing that's simply fun, but when we take those fun moments and use them to teach our kids, then those outings become life-changing moments.
A trip to the pool becomes a chance to talk about Jesus as living water. A trip to an art museum becomes a time to talk about how your child is a masterpiece made by God. A trip to the zoo becomes a lesson in God's amazing creation.
When we take the time to plan ahead and be intentional in how we structure our summertime outings, we can fill our kids' hearts with knowledge of God. We can teach our kids to look for Him in everything. God is everywhere. Psalm 139:7-10 says "Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast."
Nearly any activity can be turned into an opportunity to teach our kids about God. Check out today's printable for a list of common summertime outings for ideas on how to turn an ordinary outing with your kids into an extraordinary one that teaches them about God. It's all part of making this The Best Summer Ever.
Be sure to join me on Monday as I take you through the steps of planning a summer adventure. And don't miss Monday's printable -- a copy of our very first summer adventure, a "trip" around the world. If you haven't followed our summer adventures in the past, you can check out the beginning of last year's here.