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Many people treat the Bible as a sacred book. In some homes it’s placed in a glass display case and given a place of great honor. Children are scolded if they’re a little too rough with setting it down, or someone sets a drink on it. It’s treated with kid gloves and great reverence.
Except that it’s just a book. So much paper, cardboard and ink. Before Gutenberg invented the press, people memorized the Word. God’s truths inside the Bible are sacred, but the book they’re printed in is just a book.
So, for your children who are able to read give them a pen or pencil and, the next time you hold devotions this week, show them how to highlight important verses. You can get a bit creative with this which will lend itself to the overall interest. They can underline a verse, circle a word, box in a phrase. Let them scrawl notes along the margins. Use different colored pens to differentiate meanings.
The printed Word of God is a tool to use to learn about the One who saved us. Romans 15:4 says, “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” Use the Bible. Don’t just read it, ingest it. Teach your children that using a pen in their Bible isn’t sacrilegious.
This Thursday I’ll have a devotional idea that involves using different colored pens. It might be a cool idea for your next study.
Homework: 1. Use pens this week to underline important or meaningful passages or verses.
2. Look to change your routine a little bit if attention is wandering.
3. Continue assessing your priorities to make sure you're not losing footing with your family devotions.
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