I enjoy reading the blog posts that come around this time of year with everyone’s summer plans for their families. Since our school district lets out so much later than most, I’ve been reading these posts for a few weeks now and thinking about what kind of things we should be doing with our summer–what’ll be good for the kids, and truthfully, what will be good for me too.
What kind of things should our family do with our summer?
I have lots of things I’d like to do with them: write out their chores on Popsicle sticks and have each do so many a day; plan a different fun activity for every day—museums on Monday, teaching on Tuesday, water on Wednesday, etc.; teach them both calculus. (Okay, just kidding about that last one, but teaching the younger one to tie his shoes would be nice.)
Keeping my track record in mind, I know I’ll probably manage to do a few of these things, a few times.
So I realized I’d better pick one thing that I’d really like to make a house priority for the summer. When I thought about it that way, it was easy to know what we should be focusing on.
I’m constantly feeling bad about the fact that I haven’t memorized as many Bible verses as I’d like. I can understand the power of having a wealth of Bible verses to draw on in the moment, whether I’m praying or talking to someone who’s having a hard time or simply having a hard time myself, but I never seem to have the discipline or the plan to actually start memorizing.
And it’s something that would be incredibly valuable for my boys too. So here’s my one summer commitment: I’m going to write out a verse each week and tape it to their bathroom mirror and mine. And then we can practice and learn the verses together.
Our first one is one of my favorite verses: Micah 6:8. “For He has told you, O mortal, what is good and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
We started tonight. My older son’s first reaction: “Who wrote on my mirror?” And then, when I explained: “I have to memorize it?”
But then when we started reciting it together as he brushed his teeth and he realized that he could in fact remember it quickly, he started smiling. And his younger brother who doesn’t know how to read yet also could recite with us: “Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God.”
Seems to me a great way to begin the summer.