Let's face it, anyone can say anything. People who passionately love God can and do make mistakes intensionally or unintentionally. We need something solid that doesn't change to open and search through when doubts or questions arise. Oh yeah, we have that. It's called the Bible, which simply means "book". This unique book has an amazing history of consistency, relevance and unchanging strength. The only requirements for learning from the Bible is a desire to learn and an ability to read.
How will our children fully comprehend all that God has for them if they cannot read it? They may hear pastors or speakers but ultimately they are trusting the fallible rather than the infallible. Of course Pastors and speakers who trust the Bible have a solid foundation on which to stand, but how can we hold them accountable if we don't read the book for ourselves.
With that in mind, when various groups offer incentives to motivate children to read, Christians should be at the front of the line seeking to learn more. The newest motivational tool comes from Six Flaggs and Discovery Education. If you live within 250 miles of a Six Flaggs park, your kids are able to participate.
In Los Angeles County, we qualify. Six Flaggs Magic Mountain just started the "Read to Succeed" program. Only schools or homeschools qualify for participation. If your school isn't part of it, contact them quickly. The deadline to begin is January 25th. In Santa Clarita, only Charles Helmers, Tesoro and North Park Elementary list their involvement.
What is it? According to the Discovery Education "Read to Succeed" site, "Students who complete six hours of recreational, nonschool-related reading are eligible to earn a free admission ticket to a participating Six Flags theme park. Teachers whose classes participate and complete the program are also eligible to earn a free ticket."
Reading may help us succeed in life, but it also helps us succeed in faith. Let's encourage our children to become great readers and thus more capable of understanding God's Word, the Bible.
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