In yesterday’s sermon, I read a little excerpt from “The Jesus Storybook Bible.” If you have kids of any age and haven’t picked up this book, I would highly recommend it. If you’re interested, you can learn more and order a copy here. I honestly think you and your kids will benefit from this resource.
Whether you order the book or not, here’s what really matters: start developing routines in your kid’s lives that point them to Jesus. Pray with them, read the Bible to them, talk with them about Jesus, worship with them and teach them to see the world through the lens of the gospel. Many parents wait too long until their kids are too old before they start working on these routines. When Laura and I had Jack, we decided that if we were going to get the timing wrong we might as well do it on the early side. So, we started reading Jack Bible stories and praying with him well before he had a clue what was going on. At the time, he was way more interested in eating the pages than hearing the story! Even today it’s not like he’s started writing his own psalms or anything like that. But he definitely insists on a Bible story and prayer before he goes to sleep at night and I love it! My prayer is that these simple routines will blossom into a life saturated in God’s Word and immersed in prayer.
If you have kids and aren’t creating these kinds of routines, not only are they missing out but you are as well! Praying with my little boy is one of the best things about being a dad. I’ve never once regretted making time to read Jack a Bible story or pray with him and I doubt you will either.
You don’t have to be a spiritual giant to pour into your kids. You just need to prioritize their spiritual development and make time to pour into their little lives. When you do, you’ll find it’s totally worth it!