As a parent, my desire is to have my kids grow to love Jesus with all their hearts.
That’s a good desire. At least I think so.
There is just one little problem with that: The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and they have me as their dad.
That may be my heart’s desire, but I am not exactly the perfect role model for that.
The truth is, if I want my kids to love Jesus with all their hearts, I need to show them what that looks like to the best of my ability.
Of course we know this. After all, this is the first chapter in the parenting handbook we get as soon as our little buns come out of the ovens.
Understanding the Bible is hard for adults, never mind for children.
All too often, we ignore certain Bible stories ourselves because they make us feel uncomfortable.
As Christian parents, we have a job to do; a calling that God has placed on each of us: To bring our little ones to Him. But how do we do that if we don’t spend time in His word first? How can we expect them to grab onto the Bible if we don’t digest ourselves?
As I have gotten older, I have reflected on my childhood years. One area that I have often thought about is how the Bible was read to me back then. Whenever someone read it, it always seemed dry and flavorless. Like a bowl of oatmeal without any brown sugar in it. It was bland. I was told it was God’s word and was important, but it sure wasn’t exciting to consume.
In grade 12, my youth pastor took us to a youth retreat at what would be my future Bible college. At that time, I had heard all the Bible stories, especially the one the speaker was talking about: David and Goliath.
I mean, it’s a classic story. One I had heard a million times.
But never like that.
He had one side of the crowd be the Philistines and the other side be the Israelites. Then he had them yelling at each other across the auditorium. It was awesome! As I sat in the middle of the crowd of 5000 people, listening to the surround sound of two “armies” screaming at each other, I couldn’t wait to hear what my role was in the story. I wanted to be in it.
That’s when he looked in my direction and said, “And you in the middle? You’re dirt.”
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Brad in 2 Sentences:
I love to write and teach people of all ages about Jesus. If I can tell a story and tell you about Jesus at the same time, even better!