Model Behavior

Wendy Douglas —  August 20, 2010

Our children are our first disciples and I have to admit there have been times that I have failed my boys.

I spent months challenging them to read their Bibles and couldn’t understand why they weren’t doing it. I would use the example that “daddy and I read ours every day.”

The only problem with that was I did my reading early in the morning before they were awake and late at night once they were asleep. I wasn’t modeling the behavior where they could see it, so how could I expect them to follow my lead?

This realization caused my husband and I to make a few changes. We now make an effort to do some of our personal daily reading while the boys are around to witness it. We are making more of an effort to do family devotions with the boys.  Since approaching it differently, we are seeing them take the initiative to read on their own and participate in discussions more as a result.

What do you do as parents to encourage your kids to read their Bibles? Do you have family devotions? How are you encouraging parents in your children’s ministry in this area?

Wendy Douglas

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Wendy is married to a warrior for the last 18 years and Mom to three boys. She volunteers in KidzPlace at The Gathering Church in Sevierville, TN. She reads almost anything she can get her hands on. In addition to contributing to Kidmin1124, she maintains her own blog called Saved Sister at