My children are pre-school aged. They can’t even read simple books yet, so it will be a little while before they will be able to read the Bible by themselves. Nevertheless, I have been thinking about the day that they are ready to pick out their first Bibles, and how I want to go about it.
When I think of my first Bible growing up, the one that always comes to mind is a thick, leather-bound book, with my name embossed on the front and childlike letters written inside the front cover. When I was about nine years old, my grandma gave a challenge to all her grandkids – memorize Psalm 91, and she would buy us our own Bibles with our names on the front, and take us to a fancy Japanese restaurant for dinner.
That sounded good to me! My siblings and I got to work, and we each memorized Psalm 91 and received our Bibles. It felt so special to have my name in gold in the lower right-hand corner. That is the Bible that I took to church for years and highlighted endlessly.
But as I was thinking about it, I realized that Bible wasn’t technically my first Bible. My mom wasted no time in our growing up years saturating us with the Word of God. We had Bible storybooks, including one I gave my own kids this last Christmas. When they open the cover, they will see “C-A-L-L-I-E” written in my first grade scrawl, along with a little stick figure I drew of myself. That storybook is filled with bookmarks on all my favorite stories. Then there is the pre-teen study Bible that I remember reading through several times. And my other grandma’s Bible, who passed away when I was seven years old – I still have it, and I love to look through all her highlights, the verses that were important to her.
I want my children to fall in love with God’s Word, too. I’m on Faithgateway today with a few thoughts on how to make their first Bible meaningful!