Deuteronomy 6:5: “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
If that verse was written today, I think the writer would have added, “when you take a road trip.” With summer rapidly approaching many Americans will hit the roads for family vacations and other activities. Research tells us that road trips are one of the best ways to connect with your kids.
I remember as a kid, we didn’t have all the complex technology our kids have today to keep them occupied. We played amazingly simple games like I Spy, The Alphabet Game, The make the Trucker Honk Game and the Wave Game. My dad’s all-time favorite was the “Quiet Game.”
But today, our kids get into the car with countless technological devices that allow us to be present with our kids, but not actually talk to our kids. Here’s a thought. Plan now to make your road trip a time for conversation. Throw down some “Old School Games & Conversation” and you just might see your family and spiritual relationships flourish this summer.
Think about it…and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D