How many times has this happened to you? You fully intend to set aside time to read your Bible, but your day gets in the way. Make breakfast. Pack the kids’ lunches. Drop them off at school. Go to work. Pick the kids back up. Drop them off at soccer practice. Make dinner. Help with homework. Get them to bed. Watch TV. Crawl into bed and…scene!
As hard as it is for you to read the Bible as an adult, just think how much tougher it is to get your kid to read it. How can you encourage your child to develop a lifelong habit of reading and loving the Bible? Here’s three thoughts to consider:
Start Them Early
Studies show that in the first six years, children learn at a much faster pace than at any other time in their lives. Introducing them to the Bible at an early age will not only help them develop better reading skills, it will create a connection between them and God right from the start.
Select an Age-Appropriate Bible
Reading the Bible can be daunting so finding the right one to fit your child’s age and ability is crucial. For little ones, a picture Bible is a good place to start. You can move on to one you read to them and finally to a Bible for young readers. As your child grows up, make sure they have the right Bible for their age and reading level.
Model Good Reading Habits for Your Kids
Children, especially young ones, love to imitate mom and dad so try and find some time to study your Bible and make it a point of reading it in front of your kids. Better yet, make Bible time a family activity and grow together.