A few years ago, this was a very basic rule in our house.
Everyone did Bible first — Every Day! No Exceptions, Bible always came first. On days when we had COOP; or dentist appts., or whatever — Bible might have been the only subject we got done at home that day. When my kids tried to alter this I’d say, “No, Bible is the most important thing you study; and I want to make sure that no matter what else happens today you have studied your Bible lesson.”
I don’t say it (most days), but I am always thinking this: “No matter what else you accomplish in life; a Love for God is the most important thing I am trying to teach you, model for you, and impress upon you as an ideal state for living. I am not very good at it, but I am trying. If you can’t spell, you can’t write, you work a factory job for minimum wage every day for the next 60 years; but you love God every day and serve Him faithfully every day in that factory, I will be one happy Mama. Faithfulness to God is the highest aspiration.”
Obviously, I do want my children to aspire to their best; but God must come first.(Originally published in May of 2010.)
I am sitting here wondering why we have gotten away from this practice and how we can bring it back around to this bottom line as we head into our new school year. When we put Bible first, our days went so much more smoothly and our schoolwork was done so much more professionally. As my children grew older, I have allowed them to stray from my Bible First mentality and set their own schedules. I think we are reaping the fruit of that decision today. No matter what else happens, Bible must be first in our home.