At the end of December I was intrigued by an article that made its rounds on social media. The title? Dads, Write in Your Bible. Like any good wife, I e-mailed the link to my husband with an appropriate invitation and altar call.
(Don’t worry. He e-mails me links, too. It’s what we do for fun.)
I’ve read and re-read the article. And for the record, I understand the challenge to the patriarchs. Certainly a Bible that is filled to the brim with the affectionate prayers or well-articulated warnings of a father would be of precious value. Something about a father’s words carries weight. It just does.
That said, I think moms should do it, too.
Do not mistake this opinion as a form of, “Anything they can do, we can do better.” To believe that is to miss the point.
Thinking back on the life of Timothy and the role of his mother and grandmother, we know without question that mothers have great capacity to teach and admonish their children. With that in mind, I think writing in our Bibles is a great strategy to this end.
Several years ago, I felt compelled to begin writing in my Bible with the understanding that–should my copy of the Bible survive motherhood–it will most likely be given to my children. My current goal is that my boys not be able to trace what they had for lunch in any of its pages. (No small feat.)
I write at church. I write during personal worship. I note prayer requests. I note answers. I record victories. I acknowledge defeat.
And here is the remarkable thing that has happened. As soon as I grab my pen (a fine point Sharpie, for what it’s worth), I am ready to learn. It’s classical conditioning at it’s finest.
You should try it. It could revolutionize the way you view your Bible…even if you aren’t a dad.