Crystle and I were talking the other night about how one goes about training up children in the faith. We were talking about how there’s two schools of thought on the subject:
- “Age-appropriate” children’s messages based on Biblical truths, like devotional books.
- The Bible is plenty age-appropriate and doesn’t need anything to “translate” it for kids – you just need to talk about the Scriptures as you read.
There may be other methods, or a combination of the two, but these were the two we were discussing.
Personally, I don’t much like ‘devotional’ books – I don’t really enjoy the ‘sit around the table after dinner while we read a mildly entertaining story and attempt to pull some spiritual truths from it’ type of thing. From my talks with other Christians, nobody enjoyed family devotions as a kid and felt like they reaped any sort of reward from them!
I really like the idea of reading Scripture with our kids – reading it, dissecting it, and really understanding it together. The only thing is – I don’t even know how to do that for myself, let alone teach my children to do it! Scripture reading was not something that was ever modeled for me, and I find it challenging to be disciplined enough to read my Bible every day. Can I possibly be disciplined enough to both read my Bible every day and ensure that my children are being spiritually fed by Brad and I?
I have a feeling that this parenthood thing is going to be the catalyst for a whole lot of spiritual growing-up for me … and maybe I’m crazy, but I’m really looking forward to it!