Recently I did an informal survey of around one hundred young parents, and one of the questions I asked was “Looking back at your upbringing, what do you wish your parents had done differently to help you build a strong spiritual foundation?”
The top response surprised me: “I wish I had seen my parents reading the Bible.”
Now, typically my devotional time isn’t done at the house. I go to the office and read God’s Word to start my day. But I realized, hearing the responses to that survey, that I need to be more intentional about letting my family see my love for Scripture. My kids shouldn’t just know that I’m in God’s Word; they need to see me reading it, too.
And start early, for your kids’ sake because their little eyes are always watching. At an early age, they pick up a cell phone or toy and put it straight to their ear, mimicking our many talks on the phone. But are we in prayer or the Word enough that our children learn to imitate our study of Scripture?
Some parents postpone such an emphasis, rationalizing that there will be plenty of time later to emphasize the reading, study, and memorization of God’s Word. Imagine what impact a constant connection to the Bible might have on their lives. Early in adolescence, children establish habits that will stay with them the rest of their lives. Begin early to expose your children and teens to God’s Word. The Lord promises that there will be a return on that investment.
“For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For, “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.” 1 Peter 1:24-25
Do you read the Word each day… Have you taught your children the value of memorizing Scripture? Why not start today?