The new school year is well underway and, if your children are like most kids, their schedules are increasingly packed with tasks and activities—homework, sports practice, music lessons, church programs, friends, family, and more. But what about Bible reading? Are you helping them to prioritize reading the Bible as a daily, beneficial habit? David Murray has an excellent post regarding this. He starts with this question:
“How can I get my kids to read the Bible for themselves?” I’ve been asked that by many frustrated Christian parents. I’ve asked it myself!…Here’s what I’ve learned from my own experience and from talking with many parents and pastors.
He then outlines six ways to encourage your children in Bible reading:
And here is a portion from the post that I found especially applicable:
Christian parents must prioritize the Bible above all other subjects. Yes, there are many subjects to teach our children, but teaching them to study the Bible is the most important by far. And communicating that priority to our children is the first and most essential step in that process.
By our own example of personal Bible reading, by reading of the Bible together as a family, and by regular attendance at a Bible-focused church, we are sending a message that will make teaching them to study the Bible for themselves so much easier. If they see that we clearly view the Bible as the greatest book in the world, it’s far more likely that they will want to read it for themselves.
You can read the entire post here. You might also want to look at his resource, Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids and the accompanying weekly videos. Some further thoughts: