Summer is not quite over yet, so this is a great time to discover your family’s Word Value. It may sound like a term used with a board game or a crossword puzzle, but it’s neither. Rather, your family’s Word Value is determined by the value you place on God’s Word in your family. Summer reading clubs provide incentive to hone reading skills and enjoy new adventures through words on the page, but rarely do we jump into a challenge to develop our enjoyment and skill as a family in God’s Word. Take a few minutes and rate your family on these indicators of how much you value God’s Word together. Give yourself five points for each point you agree that is true of your family (at least those elementary age and above).
- Your family spends time in God’s Word together at least 3 times a week.
- You can all say the names of the Books of the Bible.
- Over the course of a year, you learn at least 6 memory verses together.
- Clearly, your family understands the primary differences between the Old Testament and New Testament.
- Everyone in your family has an age-appropriate Bible they can use personally and take to church.
- You help your kids look up scripture to gain familiarity.
- As parents, you take time to explain and discuss scripture.
- All the members of your family take their Bibles to church in order to follow along and study God’s Word.
- You, personally, have read at least the complete Old or New Testament.
- Bible references are not foreign to your kids. They understand what they mean and how to locate a verse by using the reference.
What is your score? Hopefully, your score is pretty close to 50. Reality, though, may be there are areas where you are weak. Resolve that in these remaining weeks of summer, you will lead your family in valuing God’s Word. Its foundation will be invaluable to your family. Matthew 4:4 reminds us that, “Jesus answered, ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (NIV)