Pretty much every kid I know has a ton of free time on their hands. I knew their video games would only last for a few days–nothing new has come out in a while!
Anyhow, I want my kids to read the Bible. I want them to love reading it. They’ll have to find that for themselves–but I can provide a little bit of structure to experience the Bible on their own.
So I kept things simple. I assigned a reading, had them read it twice, then write out “the best verse,” and at least one question. I didn’t give any criteria for “best verse.” 3 kids came up with two questions. 1 came up with three. The one remaining only came up with one question.
The reading for today was Galatians chapters 1 and 2. Two of my five boys picked their best verse to be one with the word “circumcision” in it. They thought it was funny. And they weren’t not wrong. (is that how the kids say things these days?)
Anyhow, everyone came up with some good questions. I didn’t answer any of them. I said that if they wanted an answer they needed to come up with their own answer first. I required the questions…so there’s a good chance the questions weren’t real questions…that they didn’t really want an answer more than they wanted the latest digital trinket on Fortnite. Answering a fake question makes the answer giver feel good but usually doesn’t do any good. A real question needs no prompting, contains some urgency, and is motivated by courage. Some day my kids will ask real questions. Hopefully, I’ve built enough trust that they bring them to me.
I posted the following file on social media and a few people asked me to share it online. Here is a link to a zip file that contains the Word document and the PDF.