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Summer. Life moves slower, time is more plentiful, and the days never seem to end. Summer is the perfect time to be intentional in building faith and in building relationships while having some fun, too.
Did you ever play four square as a kid? It is a game that happens quite often on my driveway, and one of the greatest things about it is that a wide age range can play it. Of course the intensity can vary as needed based on the ages of those playing, but it is something that many of my kids can play together.
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As in our case, people would have to rotate in and out since we have such a large bunch, but start up a game of four square with your family. All you need is a bouncy type ball like what you would play kickball with and an area like a driveway where there are four squares that come together. If you are unsure of how to play the game, here’s a great link that lays it out for you”
Playing this game can be a faith building experience when you grab your Bible and read Luke 9:48, which says, “Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.”
Because the game of four square involves a “hierarchy of worth,” it is a great opportunity to compare this hierarchy to the hierarchy that Jesus speaks of in this passage. In the game of four square, everyone is always striving to move up to king, but this is not how it works in the kingdom of God. As stated in the above verse, in God’s kingdom, it is the “cooks” who are the greatest in God’s kingdom.
Talk to your kids about how living a life of service to others isn’t something to be ashamed of or something that is to be looked down upon. While we can be viewed as one of the “least” here on earth, we will be seen as one of the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. This is also a great time to remind your kids that in many ways, God’s kingdom works in a way that is so very different from the world we live in as a result of sin.
Close your time in prayer, thanking God for sending His son, Jesus, who made the ultimate sacrifice for us. Thank Him that Jesus walked among us here on earth and taught us so much about how we are to live. Thank Him for family, fun, and all things summer.