In the “business” of life, it’s sometimes easy to forget that, as author Dr. V. Gilbert Beers says, “What our children become is infinitely more important than what our children will do.”
In other words, it’s who they are becoming on the inside that matters most.
In the hubbub of living in the fast lane that is modern America, I must remind myself that the greatest gift I can impart to my children is to teach them to love God with all of their hearts and minds, and to love their neighbors as they love themselves.
The toxicity of our culture makes it more important than ever for parents to take an active role in developing the character traits that enable our sons and daughters to live their lives in a manner that strengthens and reveals this call to love.
I’ve discovered an amazing resource to help immerse your entire family in the truths that transform lives. It’s called the Family Bible Library, and it’s tailor-made for parents to read with children of any age -- from infancy through the tumultuous teens.
The series is authored by Dr. Beers and is specifically built on what he calls “the 36 Building Blocks of Character,” such as faith, self-control, sympathy and courage. “The 180 Bible stories in Family Bible Library are based on these 36 Building Blocks of Character,” Dr. Beers writes. “Each of these is a character trait of Jesus, one that you will want to build in your child. Together they will help to make your child a godly person in Christ Jesus.”
The timeless biblical stories are related in easy-to-understand language and are accompanied by beautiful illustrations. There are also colorful sidebars that help illuminate behind-the-scenes facts and questions for family discussions about the featured character traits.
Take the story of Noah and the ark. The trait in question, “obeying,” is prominently identified, and a listing of other Bible verses that teach about obedience is provided. We learn some details about what building the ark would have been like: What tools did Noah use? What kind of wood? How big was the ark (in feet, not “cubits”)?
After hearing the story, readers are urged to think about obedience: