Word nerds

On a recent trip to Houston to visit Nannie and Papooh, Jonah came home with a slim New Testament.

And because we usually come home with a host of goodies from Nannie and Papooh’s house, it really wasn’t a surprise when I found the confiscated Bible tucked among their toys. Sorry about that Nannie. Would you like it back?

I hope not, because the boys have already transferred ownership.

Despite the fact that it has no pictures or silly rhymes, the boys treat it like all their other books. In fact, it is a regularly requested title on our reading list, which also includes “Elmo Goes to School” and “Five Little Monkeys.”

But rather sheepishly, I have to admit that I’m always a little surprised when the twins choose to read a book with little glitter or graphics over children’s books that squeak and shine.

But pictures or not, we begin reading in Luke with the Christmas story (the boys loved hearing about the shepherds and the stable), and so far we’ve worked our way through to the book of John.

And while we typically don’t sit long enough to see how the story turns out, I try to complete literary unit or parable in each sitting. I guess you could say the twins are turning into Word nerds.

And considering my children’s love for books and reading in general, I often wonder why I didn’t start reading the Ultimate Book to them sooner? And in a day when Bibles are produced just for children and the great stories of Scripture are truncated for immature attention spans, I wonder why more Christian parents don’t just read the Bible to their children?

After all, the Word of God is robust enough to withstand our scrutiny, lovely enough to capture our hearts, and inspiring enough to motivate change in our behavior.

I’m hoping that by reading God’s Word to them aloud, they will become familiar with the larger picture of Scripture. I’m hoping they will become familiar with the language and literary styles of this divine masterpiece, so that when they are finally of the age to absorb the Word on their own they will be equipped to understand the truths behind the stories and be able to extract the principles behind God’s commands.

I guess I hope they truly become Word nerds with hearts prepared for the Living Word.

What are you doing to make sure your own children become Word nerds?

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

2 Tim. 3:16-17

About melissa deming

Melissa Deming is a freelance writer transplanted from Texas to Pennsylvania with her husband of ten years, Jonathan, and two-year-old identical twins, Zacharias and Jonah. The family serves at a Southern Baptist church plant in Pittsburgh - Living Faith Community Church. Melissa is a regular correspondent for The Southern Baptist TEXAN newspaper and Crossroads magazine of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. She is also the creator and author of HiveResources.com - a site designed to sweeten a woman's walk with Christ through devotional articles, book reviews, and giveaways. Melissa holds a Masters of Divinity in Women’s Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC, and a B.A. in Journalism from Texas A&M University.