Still looking for a Father’s Day gift idea? Or, are you done looking for a gift idea? No matter which, how about, in honor of your dad, creating a Bible experience on his favorite Bible passage? Here are 3 simple but meaningful steps to create one of the most thoughtful gifts ever.
STEP 1. Ask your dad for a favorite Bible passage (Verse? Chapter?). Since he might have more than one, ask for his most recent favorite. If your dad isn’t much of a Bible person, he may still have a favorite verse. And if not, use one of your personal faves.
STEP 2. Experience the passage for yourself. Here are some tools that will help you do that:
- Meditate on the passage for a few minutes, asking God to show you what He wants you to see. You may also want to ask God why this passage is in the Bible.
- Explore the surroundings of the passage. What comes before and after (the context) that might add to the meaning of the passage? Look for other verses (cross-references) that give deeper insight in to the passage.
- Think about the passage. Ask God what He wants to teach you through this passage. Write down your thoughts, especially anything that makes you go “Wow!”
- Apply the truth of the passage. Ask God what you should do.
STEP 3. Now create something in honor of your dad that will help him, along with friends and family, experience the passage. Here are some ideas:
- Write a devotional for friends and family that leads them on the journey of discovery you just took in Step 2.
- Create a visual image (take a picture, find a picture) that depicts the point of the passage.
- Draw a visual expression of the passage.
- Use your wicked awesome computer skills to create a graphic that depicts the point of the passage.
- Create a video that tells the truth of the passage in a modern-day story.
- Create a video of you simply reading the passage. Close the video with your thoughts on the passage along with some Father’s Day wishes for your dad.
Present your creation as a gift to your dad. Then, in honor of your dad and with your dad’s permission, share it with friends and family. Then share it with the world with #BibleDevoForDad .
If you’d like to see a sample, click here for a devotional I did in honor of my dad on Psalm 91.