The Dr. Seuss Quote for today . . . "If you never did, you should. These things are fun and fun is good!" Again, hmmmm. It depends on if I think this quote is one I can agree with. In some instances, it can be true. For example, if we are considering trying something new, like learning a new skill, it can be very true! If however, you are thinking about doing something which you know you should not do, just because you have never done it and it might be fun, it does NOT mean you "should". And, while some "fun" things can be "good", others are clearly not. So . . . today, I think I'll change the quote to . . . "You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child!" This is a quote I really love, and this one is 100% true! When it comes to reading to, teaching and nurturing a child, we are NEVER too old! Plus, Deuteronomy 6:4-9 tells us to make teaching our children a very high priority, "The LORD our God is the only true God! So love the LORD your God with all your heart, soul, and strength. Memorize his laws and tell them to your children over and over again. Talk about them all the time, whether you're at home or walking along the road or going to bed at night, or getting up in the morning. Write down copies and tie them to your wrists and foreheads to help you obey them. Write these laws on the door frames of your homes and on your town gates." As a grandma, one of the most important things for me to do is to pass on a heritage of faithfulness to my children and grandchildren. One great way to do this is by reading and then connecting what we read to a child's walk with Jesus! When we read books to children we can tell them, "over and over again" about God's love and faithfulness to us. We can read when we are at home, on trips, at bedtime and of course, reading from God's Word is a tremendous way to start the day!
Be sure to point this out to the children in your ministry, too! Older children can read to younger siblings. Children can share their great books which point to knowing and walking with God, with their friends. Talk with the children in your ministry about their favorite books. Ask about the characters and if they made wise choices or not. What were the messages in the book and how do they match up with God's Word? Be sure to take a moment to pray for each child by name - "Thank You God for Your great love for _____ ! Please help him/her love You with all his/her heart, soul and strength. Please help him/her memorize Your word and talk about it all the time!"