Don’t Ruin the Ride Home | Facing Your Blitz Weekly Video Devotion
Do your kids love or dread getting in the car with you? Watch and find out how to make rides with you a joy for your kids.
Game Plan: (hear these words directly from Jesus to you)
“And now, dear brothers and sisters…Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” Philippians 4:8, NLT
“Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.” Ephesians 4:29, NLT
Does your child enjoy their car rides with you?
Do they feel that you coach them so much on the way to a practice, game or performance that the ride is no fun?
Do they feel your unconditional love and the joy of sport or do they feel pressure, criticism and disapproval?
What would you like to hear on a day when you missed some easy shots, forgot to hustle a couple times, fumbled the ball, or failed to stand next to the coach so he’d remember to put you in the game.
Do your kids dread or anticipate riding with you to games or school? Are you encouraging them or tearing them down? Make their rides a joy.
God’s message for you in letters to Philippians and Ephesians is simple:
Think about the positive. Look for what you can praise.
Don’t ever speak in a negative, demeaning or discouraging manner to your children.
Use words and tone that uplift, encourage and truly help them.
- “I love to watch you play.”
- “You’re an awesome teammate.”
- “I love your hustle and the way you keep going no matter what.”
Make sure the car ride home is fun for your kid.
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Great advice Jeff. That is right on for fathers! I loved talking to you on the bus ride to the New Orleans airport after the cruise. Thank you for being so willing to engage in a conversation with me. The Holy Spirit was spilling out of you.
Pastor Ken Urban
Living Water Church