Finding Your Kids in The Bible
Before I start, let me just say the Bible is not about me or my kids; it’s about God. But, I found myself getting a little creative the other day as we were studying together. I am currently reading Acts to my kids. I stop along the way to give explanations, but they are fairly attentive as the book is full of entertaining stories, and they are full of questions. It has been one of my favorite parts of our summer.
We were reading the story of Stephen in Acts 6-7, Stephen’s speech was getting lengthy, the “littles” were starting to stand on their heads and make funny noises, and I began seeing a pattern with the speech. So… I told everyone to listen for their name because they were all in Stephen’s speech, kindof…
Cooper’s middle name is Stephens, so while it is a family name, it originates from the martyr Stephen “crown”. A few sentences into Stephen’s speech, he mentions Abraham. Abraham was married to Sarah “princess” (my 10 year old). At the end of his speech, he mentions David, which finally gives opportunity to the least attentive Abby (Abigail — a wife of David, “My father is Joy”). There is nowhere else in the Bible that all three of my children are linked together in name. Pretty cool. They were thrilled!
Your children may not have the names of men/women in the Bible, but you may find stories/personalities/situations that relate to them. Sometimes we have to be creative in keeping their attention. As long as we are pointing them to the gospel and not themselves, there is no harm in that. Have fun coming up with ways to keep them interested!