I read a great post today that described what one man, now a pastor, decided to do with his son. Basically, he had watched other young men walk away from the faith and there he was, a father with a twelve year-old son. His decision? Carve out an hour or two each week for the two of them to go out together and simply read the bible. Wow! Pretty tough stuff right? Nope.
Here is one of my favorite parts of the post:
“The way we did it was to trade off chapters. I led us through the first, Josiah the second. Whoever was leading was responsible for doing his best to guide us through the chapter. Having Josiah lead a chapter gave him some ownership, some responsibility, and ideally some added incentive to dig in and ponder before we met to study.
The times were delightful. And discouraging! More than once we came on a verse that I’d sweat over, in Hebrew and multiple tools, before figuring out what it meant — and, seemingly without effort (and none of that struggle), Josiah would just hit the right meaning. As if it were the easiest thing in the world. I kinda hated him.
No, that’s not true. I’m his dad. I loved it.”
My point in this brief post of my own is to encourage each father to mark out a time each week for his son or sons. Be that man who simply shows what it looks like to submit himself to the Word. Not to preach, not to demand or upbraid. Just two men looking at God’s Word together.