It’s been a while since I have posted anything. Summer, and the prep that goes before it, is kinda busy!
I grabbed a bunch of small water guns in clearance at Walmart at the end of last summer, and now seemed the optimum time to devise a family devotion to help families cool off in the heat and talk about Jesus! Written below is what I gave my families:
Now that it’s getting hot outside, an outdoor devotion activity involving water may be perfectly timed! Read over the instructions and consider how best to tweak this to work for your family, and then once it’s over, have some fun with the toy water guns!
Consider taping the targets to a wall or piece of outdoor furniture. Place one really close to the kids, another a little further away (but still just about reachable) and one about as far away as you can.
Have the kids all take turns to try and shoot the first target, they all should be able to!
Then, try the next one. Hopefully at least once person made it.
Next, try the final target. Could anybody hit it?
Often, we might hit “easy targets” like helping around the house or remembering to brush our teeth.
Then there are those targets that we sometimes hit and sometimes miss, maybe being nice to a brother or sister all day or remembering to put toys up.
Finally, there are sometimes targets that it just seems impossible to hit. In fact, God sets us a target to love Him and love others (Matthew 22:37-39). Sometimes it might feel like we hit the target, and other times it may feel like we miss. In reality, God demands perfection. A bit like hitting the furthest target today EVERY TIME – none of us can do that (Romans 3:23). In fact, the word “sin” in Hebrew literally means to “miss the mark”. So when we sin, we are missing God’s target of perfection. It doesn’t matter how many of the closer targets we hit, our relationship with God can’t be fixed by us…
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love that he had for us, made us alive with Christ even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace! – Ephesians 2:4-5
While we can be obedient to God in little things, what truly matters is us being obedient to Him in repenting (being sorry and wanting to change by turning away from sin) of our sin and believing that Jesus lived a sinless life, perfectly obedient of God (unlike you and I); died on the cross, to take the punishment for our sin (Romans 6:23); and rose again, showing He had power over death.
Pray together with your family, thanking God for His love and mercy, and that He sent His Son to give us an opportunity to be forgiven and have a relationship with Him. Pray for your kids who are yet to know this to be true and rejoice for your kids who trust Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Alongside a couple water guns, here is a copy of the target papers I had printed out:
I hope you’ll try this out with your kids, and let us know how it goes!
– Jared Simpson