I recently wrote of an “aha” moment, when I realized I could read the Bible to my kids. At Crossway’s blog, David Murray has a few short articles that can help you, too, to get started with what he calls this “holy habit.”
In “How to Help Your Kids Get Excited About Reading the Bible,” Murray explains the one crucial technique—in fact, the only technique—you must master: being enthusiastic about Bible reading yourself. Do this, and your kids can’t help but get infected.
In “6 Tips for Reading the Bible With Your Kids,” Murray gets specific with these practical tips:
- Give them a good reason to read the Bible: make sure they know why you’re doing this!
- Establish a routine: do it in the same time and place each week.
- Be realistic: understand what your children can handle.
- Be systematic: read through whole books, not just a verse here and a verse there.
- Ask good questions: help them to process what you read.
- Ask God for help: pray together!
These encouraging articles give much help and encouragement to families. But don’t read the Bible with your kids just because you should. Do it because you can. Because you get to. Because you can’t wait to do it. Let them see your excitement, so they can come to see the value in it with you.