BY: Vicar Jake Boessling
Have you heard this from your child or grandchild this summer, yet?
If you haven’t heard this classic mid to late summer line, oh, you will. When the video games become super mindless, and the planned activities aren’t enough, you will hear from the couch, “I’m bored!”
Next time that happens, just shout back, “Try reading your Bible!” And then toss them a dusty Bible or help them download a reading plan on Bible app (https://www.bible.com/app).
Seriously? Yes! Seriously. Say it. Do it. I mean, come on…the Bible is the most entertaining book that has ever been sold on the market. It is filled with stories about battles and beasts, giants and angels named Gabriel, and don’t forget the story in Judges 3 of a left handed judge named Ehud who stabs an overweight king who is sitting on the toilet. Seriously? Read it. I promise you won’t be bored after that.
The problem though when you toss the Word of God over to a child and say, “Read it,” is that you better be reading it yourself, daily. When you are in the Word, you want to invite your children to read it too. I just got a text from a family who’s father invited their two children to read specific Bible passages that day so that when he got home from work they could sit and talk about what they read.
Moses reminded the God fearers and followers that he shepherded:
4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. (Deuteronomy 4:4-6)
The knowledge of God was not just for their heartfelt benefit but their families too.
7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 4:7-9)
There are a lot of things you could talk about these days with your kids or grandkids… The scorching summer heat, the newest app on their phones you can’t keep up with, what they want for Christmas? (It’s only 6 months away!)
But why not create opportunities to talk about Jesus this summer by diligently and intentionally inviting your children to read God’s Word and talk about it with you.
Don’t have kids? Invite a friend to walk and talk about Jesus with you.
This fall, if you have a child or grandchild that is entering into the 7th grade, we would like to invite them and a family member to Confirmation classes to sit around with other families to learn about Jesus, in community.
Classes begin on Wednesday, August 16 at 6:30 p.m. Please email me if you would like to register and plan to show up that evening as well.
If they are in high school, we would love for them to join us at the same time in the youth room to continue their journey with Jesus!
I can’t promise that a teen won’t come and say, “I’m bored,” but I can promise our team will toss them a Bible and say, “Try reading your Bible!”