Follow the Leader

This is part one of a new beach-themed series called Cowabunga. You can also listen to this devotion on the Family Jetpack Podcast.

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Verse: He is your example, and you must follow in his steps. – 1 Peter 2:21b (NLT)

Big Idea: Following Jesus is the best way to live.

Have you ever played a game in the swimming pool called Marco Polo? Whoever is “it” has to close their eyes and try to find their friends just by listening to the sound of their voice. You yell, “Marco” and your friends have to say, “Polo.”  

If your friends are tricky, they’ll hide under the water, duck behind other kids or just try to swim away as fast as they can.  By following the sound of your friends’ voice, you can end up crashing into other people, get tangled up in water toys or stub your toe on the edge of the pool.  

Marco Polo teaches us we have to be careful whose voice we follow because sometimes following the wrong voice can lead to all kinds of trouble.  

Even when we’re not playing Marco Polo, we follow people in all kinds of ways Sometimes we do things, like play a sport or wear certain clothes or laugh at a joke, just because our friends are doing it. We’re following their example.  

Sometimes we follow people we don’t even know. We see someone on a movie or in a video game or hear them in a song and we try to copy what that person says or how they think. We think they’re cool so we try to be like them. Continue reading “Follow the Leader”

The Big Game

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Holidays and special events are a fun excuse to get your family talking about faith.  Gather your family together for the following devotion time before the big game.

Verse: Training the body has some value. But being godly has value in every way. It promises help for the life you are now living and the life to come.” – 1 Timothy 4:8 NIrV

Big Idea: Jesus wants to train us to be like him.

It’s almost time for the biggest football game of the year. Two teams. 60 minutes of game time. Millions of fans watching around the world. Everything comes down to this one big day to see who will become the ultimate champions.

What do you think it would feel like to play in such a big game? Would you be excited? Scared? Nervous?

What would you do to get ready? Would you work out and practice with your team or just sit around and eat donuts and watch TV?

You’d practice, of course! You’d train, lift weights, run drills, eat the right foods, watch game videos and, basically, do whatever your coach told you to do.

If you were playing in the biggest game of your life, you’d do everything you possibly could to train yourself to win.

The Bible says that following Jesus is a little like that. Every day of our lives is a big deal, bigger than any game. Every day we’re either choosing to live life God’s way or just live for ourselves. When we live life God’s way, people around us see Jesus in us and have the chance to become friends with God too.

Continue reading “The Big Game”