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The Bible is not just a storybook for children. However, a quick perusal of the Internet will lead to hundreds of Bible storybooks for children. Webster defines a story as “an account of incidents or events, a statement regarding the facts pertinent to a situation in question.” The Bible does have accounts of incidents and events. Many of them are riveting stories of adventure, intrigue, suspense and the miraculous. There are also an extensive number of storybooks, print or electronic that have stories of adventure, intrigue and the miraculous published by Disney and the like. The Bible also has many stories that contain very important information and facts about God and His interactions with people over time. There are also many books available that are informational for children including biographies, history books etc. Unlike these stories, the stories in the Bible are used by God to transform our lives and the lives of our children.
The Bible has an element unlike any other book. The Bible is God’s Word for children. Working in and through the stories of the Bible, God changes the lives of boys and girls helping them understand and experience forgiveness, joy, mercy and hope for tomorrow.
The challenge for parents and children’s workers is bringing the Word of God to bear on the life challenges that children face every day. Helping boys understand the value and joy in serving others. Equipping girls to experience a kind of joy, even in difficult situations with classmates. David spoke of it this way:
Thy word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.
The Bible is how children can see where to step; as well as where not to step. Each day, they put one foot in front of the other at home, in preschool, with grandparents, at the store or on the soccer field. In each of those moments, the Word of God can provide them with transformational guidance. The Bible is more than a storybook for children; it is the power of God to change the lives of our boys and girls.
In His Steps,