I am a pastor, husband, and parent. My wife and I have four children thirteen years old and younger. We clean up spills, refill drinks, do laundry, cut the grass, serve in ministry, drop kids off, pick kids up, take out the trash, clean the house, do more laundry – you get the point!
Like you, my wife and I wear many hats. One of the greatest joys in my life is being a dad and having the pleasure to be a pastor to my kids. My daughter said to me recently, “Dad, I am glad you are a pastor.” When I asked her why, she said, “Because you teach us the Bible.”
The truth is, every parent should be (and can be) a pastor to his or her children. The Dig has been my personal desire and attempt to teach our children the Bible from an early age.
The Apostle Paul makes an interesting comment regarding Timothy’s training as a child. In 2 Timothy 3:14-15, Paul says, “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”
Paul suggests that Timothy was being taught the Bible from a very young age. The Dig is an effort to simply and systematically help you as a parent study through books of the Bible so you can help your child. Out of the experience you create, biblical principles are learned and lived.
The goal, of course, is that our children will fall in love with Jesus as their Savior and grow up to follow Him with all their heart, soul, and strength. I trust that this will be a great resource for you and your family!