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Gospel intentionality on vacation

Posted by Stephen Witmer on August 11th, 2015

Several years ago, Tim Chester spoke to our PCF leaders and talked about living everyday life with gospel intentionality — I love that phrase and have thought of it many times in the years since.

It’s easy in the summer to lose gospel intentionality; to get lazy in the disciplines of prayer and Bible reading, and to move into and through our days without applying the gospel to the situations of our lives.

Our family recently returned from a week of vacation in Maine. We were there with my parents and my brothers and their families. My father modeled what gospel intentionality can look like on vacation. He organized evening devotional times in which we all sang together and then each of our families (one per night) led a short, simple Bible time for all the young cousins. Already, those are some of my favorite memories from our time together. We swam and laughed and ate and played together during the days, worshiping Jesus that way. And we worshiped Jesus through prayer and song and Bible reading in the evenings. Both forms of gospel intentionality brought our family closer together, and closer to Jesus.