“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children.” ~ Deuteronomy 6:6-7
When I was about 8 or 9 years old, some family friends gave me a Picture Bible for my birthday. It’s basically a comic book version of the Bible. I tore through it, reading about fascinating characters like Elijah, Noah, and Jonah in the process. I loved it. What I didn’t realize. It at the time, but God used this birthday present to foster in me a love of his Word that lasts to this day.
Deuteronomy 6 provides a practical list of ways to incorporate God’s Word into the everyday. The most important, by far is this idea of impressing it on your children.
A few years ago, I started one of those Bible in a year programs. I really enjoyed the convenience of reading the Bible on my iPhone. But then I realized that my kids thought I was just looking at Twitter or something. So I started reading a big thick Bible – not because I was bragging about my Bible, but because I wanted them to see that the Bible was a big deal to Daddy. I wanted to “impress upon my children” the importance of daily Bible study so hopefully they’d take up the habit as well.
That word “impress” sounds so official, but it doesn’t need to be that way at all. Look for fun and practical ways to include Scripture in your everyday life. Find a CD of Bible verses set to music and memorize verses together as a family. Find Bible board games. And yes, comic book Bibles are still awesome.
If you have kids, make this one of your top priorities. If you foster a love of the Bible in them when they are young, it will stay with them all of their lives.