It seems appropriate to discuss our Vacation Verse since it should be summer soon and many of us will take a vacation.
Our family went to the shore of Lake Superior this last weekend. Little did we know four months ago when we made these plans that instead of spring temps in the 50’s we would be in the midst of a winter blizzard.
We saw people surfing in wetsuits – a first for us.
In Purposeful Planning, we discuss how we use this as our vacation verse. Philippians 2:3-4
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
- Our whole family has memorized our vacation Bible verse, Philippians 2: 3-4.
- Trips together tend to bring out conflicts, since each of us tends to have our own selfish agenda and expectations when we’re having fun.
- We discuss it before we travel.
- We each take time to share our expectations.
- We remind everyone that not all their expectations will be met.
- We try to do at least one thing that each of us would like to do.
We have found that this eliminates a lot of arguments and hurt feelings when we travel.
Training in times of non-conflict
Training in times of non-conflict works better as a whole. I remember Dan having all three of our children sit in the open sliding door of our van. He would ask them to give him their hands and look into his eyes.
Then he would explain where we were going (church) about how long we would be there, and what we expected of them.
When they were familiar with where we were going and our expectations, he would often ask questions and let them answer. Then he would pray with them and ask the Lord to help them be obedient.
Have you tried to train during times of non-conflict? What were the results? Will you do it again?
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