As our children enter their teen years it becomes harder and harder to protect them from the wiles of the world. Moral values are being redefined right in front of our eyes, and the traditional roles of men and women are either blurring or being totally redefined.
Opportunities abound for us to develop deep connecting relationships with our children, but sometimes, every once in awhile, we need to have a real man to man or woman to woman bonding experience.
That’s what a Journey Day is. A Journey Day is an opportunity for you to discuss and experience what it means to be a biblical man or woman with your child. It’s a lot more involved than talking over cold pizza and warm soda.
Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC has a free resource available for parents to download from their site, helping you to plan a Journey Day for your son or daughter. In this pamphlet is a plan for determining objectives for your Journey Day, ideas for meeting those objectives and resources to check out for further encouragement and information.
As part of the planning process the folks at Providence recommend considering a challenging task for your child, something to demonstrate growth and passage into manhood or womanhood. Examples include climbing a difficult mountain, rebuilding an engine or completing a significant community project .
It also involves gathering a community of mentors and teachers around your child to affirm his or her unique place in the world, sharing messages of encouragement and affirmation, and even holding a ceremony to officially commemorate passage into manhood/womanhood.
A Journey Day experience would be a memory maker of exponential proportions. Check out the pamphlet and begin planning your child’s Journey Day, even if your child is still wearing diapers. It’ll be something you look forward to for years.
What resources would you recommend? A book, a website, a devotional series, a teaching aid? Leave a comment or email me with your idea.