Seize the moment. Summer provides many gospel opportunities. More time outside is a time to remind kids of the creative power of God as simply imagining what He wanted the cosmos to be and saying the word. Children need to be reminded every day of who made them so they can humbly realize they are not the center of the universe! Reread Genesis 1-2 together and talk about the order of creation. Light before the sun; birds and fish before mammals; oceans before land… Talk about these things during your day. Bring the subject up. Respond quickly when one of the children asks a question.
What does this have to do with the gospel? Those who are created bow before their Creator. As they see the wonder of the creation, they revere that Creator. Reverence for God grows as the child investigates all around him. It is really the beginning of seeing one’s need of a Savior. When you point this out to him, you are setting the stage, laying a strong foundation for a personal relationship with God. Rejection of God as Creator takes humility and reverence out of that foundation. Reverence and humility are the cornerstones, the supporting columns for seeing themselves as sinners deserving and expecting justice. Read Chapter 10, Old Paths for Little Feet where I explain this more. Enjoy every moment with the children. I intend to. Here’s a picture of how I’ll be spending my time in July: