Today is the fifth installment of 30 days of resources for your family to use to grow together. Each of our daily activities will have the following pieces:
- PLAY TOGETHER: An opportunity to have fun and do something together instead of watching Netflix.
- TALK TOGETHER: Around the dinner table or just two of you sitting on the back porch, take turns asking these questions to learn more about the other.
- ORIENT TOGETHER: In time of need we have an opportunity to renew our vision for Jesus, and pray for His work in our life and world.
We hope these resources are helpful to you as a family. Feel free to share with others as well!
Learn to play a new game! For example, here’s a card game my family likes to play called Casino. It’s simple enough to learn quickly, but interesting enough to be a lot of fun, and can be played with 2-4 players.
- If you won 1 million dollars but you couldn’t spend a dime on yourself, what would you do with the money?
- Who are your two best friends?
- What are the marks of a truly great friend?
Say: “We are going to read this Bible passage and then I am going to ask you what strikes you, what surprises you, or what interests you about these verses.”
- Read together John 15:12-17 and discuss for a minute.
- One way to “bear fruit” and “love one another” is to look out for our friends and family in this difficult time. Do you have friends or family that you are worried about? Why?
- Many people we know are grieving the loss of sports seasons, some of their last weeks of high school taken away, events that they worked hard for cancelled. Others we worry about because they are lonely anyway, or perhaps struggle with depression, or other issues. How can you be an encouraging friend?
- You also may be concerned with family or friends who are vulnerable to this virus. Is verse 16 an encouragement to you? How can you pray and who can you be praying for?
- We have the ability to show powerful love and selflessness toward our friends and family in times of adversity because Jesus loved us first. He demonstrates his love in sacrificing his very life for those he loves and calls “friends.” How does Jesus’ model of love toward his friends help us to know how to love? How does Jesus’ sacrifice motivate you toward sacrifice?
- What are we going to do now? How are we going to pray?
Today’s resource is written by Taylor Gordon, a youth pastor in Lexington, SC.