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.


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”


Cowabungalogo.pngWe’re kicking off a new family devotional series for the spring break season called Cowabunga.  Cowabunga is a word associated with old surfer movies (or the Ninja Turtles for all of us 80’s kids), and it’s really just a fun expression of enthusiasm for riding a wave or jumping into an adventure.

In this series, we’re going to help kids take a look at what means to follow Jesus and jump into an adventure with him. Just in time for spring break, we’ll explore several beach-themed stories about Jesus and his friend Pete, who went surfing with Jesus without even using a board!

So whether you’re going to the beach soon or just like to think about it, stick around for the Cowabunga series to help kids discover how to catch the wave of God’s love and follow Jesus wherever he goes.

You can check out Cowabunga Part One here or listen to it on the Family Jetpack podcast.