How to have the most epic summer yetby Stephanie Jackson, Contributing Writer
The season without set bedtimes and hurried schedules has arrived. The months of daydreaming of the perfect family getaway, after all the scrimping and saving for an epic summer adventure, is upon us. Whether you are heading to the beach vacation of your dreams or to Timbuktu, one thing is certain, it will be an experience — building memories to last a lifetime.
In 2017, Forbes magazine reported that the average American family spends 10 percent of their annual income on vacationing each year. As families are checking the vacation of a lifetime off their bucket list, let’s consider the words of Paul as he was encouraging the church at Corinth in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
Imagine instead of just having a bucket list of epic adventures to check off, using each moment on the road, each pit stop and each destination as an opportunity to pour out the gospel. Author Ann Voskamp reminds us that “Empty buckets are actually the fullest buckets.”
Here are a few ways that your family can sprinkle the gospel everywhere you go this summer as you make this the most epic summer yet.
On the road
Heroes of the faith are a fantastic piece to include in your most epic summer yet. Consider sharing the real life stories of faith heroes such as Corrie Ten Boom, Jim Elliot, St. Augustine and others. They are included in “The Torchlighters Heroes of the Faith” series, which are video-based biographical documentaries designed for kids. Whether traveling by plane, train or automobile, these stories can fuel your passion for sharing Christ. Talk as a family how you can share Christ with those you encounter on your trip.
Making a pit stop
Every legendary journey has a stunning hero. We have the most epic hero ever at the center of ours – Jesus. Consider ways you can share the good news as your family takes pit stops during your summer vacation. “The Story” and “3 Circles” are great resources that can be used to engage others in gospel conversations, and both resources have apps available for your smartphone or mobile device.
At your destination
When you finally arrive at your grand getaway, consider asking those you encounter at the hotel and other adventure spots how you can pray for them. A simple smile and thanks for serving our family can go a long way to share the gospel with a lost and dying world.
Theologian G.K. Chesterton challenges us with these words: “Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly.” Welcome every unique vacation moment God grants you as a family as a gospel opportunity to do good, even if you don’t feel equipped to do so.
Contemplate ways you can splash the gospel everywhere you go and make this the most kingdom-focused epic summer yet.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Stephanie Jackson serves as director of children’s ministry at North Wake Church in Wake Forest, North Carolina.