Take a Hike (#2 of 12 Things)

Take a Hike (#2 of 12 Things)

Do you ever fear for the future of our kids?
Do you ever ask yourself what you can do to help them?
Over 12 weeks I’ll be sharing one thing you can do to help the kids in your life grow closer to God.

May God give you strength, wisdom and joy as you reach tomorrow’s hero!


#2 of 12 Things

Take a Hike

Growing up, one of my favourite things about retreats was that I was completely disconnected from the world! I didn’t have a cell phone growing up, and when I did, it wasn’t a super computer like they are now.

Being disconnected from the world enabled me to focus on where I was at the moment.  I often wonder if young people today will ever fully understand what a retreat really is.
They’re constantly texting each other, going on social media, watching youtube, taking selfies, and so on.  Even when they’re together they’re on their phones.

They’re always connected to someone or something, there’s always “noise” in their lives.  This noise makes it hard for them to slow down…breathe…and listen for God’s still small voice.

So what do you do?  Take a hike.

Whether your child is in diapers or about to get their driver’s license, teach them the value of disconnecting and get them out into nature.

Teach them they’ll be okay without their phone for a couple of hours.

When you’re on your hike, be intentional about being in the moment and exploring the wonders of God’s creation.  (It’s ok if you want to take a few pictures of these rare family moments in the woods).  

Talk about the different creatures you see, even the ones you might take for granted like squirrels, crows, ladybugs, caterpillars and more.

When you start looking at rock formations, mini-ecosystems, the intricacy of a leaf, or the perfect symmetry of a spider’s web, you can’t help but believe there must be a Creator.

“For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky.  Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature.  So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” Romans 1:20

Drawing the connection between nature and God will help your kids have a greater awareness of His handiwork all around them.  

Take it a step further and visit the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter in Kentucky

So the next time you’re looking for something to do with your family, instead of going to the movies, why not take a hike?

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