Heather came home and said, “Were you in the baby pool with her?” I responded, “Yeah, what’s wrong with that?” My shorts and shirt were soaked from a dip in the baby pool in our back yard with Delaney while Heather went to the store. I am never going to claim to be the best dad, or a parenting expert, but I will always try to have fun with my kids. I was reading an article recently that was addressing the importance of encouraging family time. The article was in Children’s Ministry magazine, so obviously there was a large importance placed on kids seeing the faith and relationship taught at church being lived out in the home, but it also encouraged the little things. In fact, oftentimes the things that seem like little things are really the big things. “A lot of dads [and moms] worry that if they didn’t read from the Bible and lead prayer at home, they’ve failed at leading their children spiritually…it all counts: Taking a drive, grabbing a meal, making a sandcastle, singing to the radio, mowing the lawn, and reading a bedtime story all play a role…(Dan Loveaglia).” I cannot emphasize this enough. Your kids want relationship with you, and those things that don’t seem big are often memories that build your lifelong bond to one another. Because your relationship is stronger, they will hopefully lean in to you and to God when hard things happen. I heard a wise man in our church say the other day that the things his daughter remembers from growing up were on fishing trips with dad. Take the opportunity that summer affords and make memories that will bond your family together and to Christ for eternity.
About Jonathon Barnes
I am a guy that loves Jesus, my wife, my family, and kids. I enjoy being active doing most any sport or outdoor activity.