I’m so proud of my son. He is a hard worker and an excellent preacher – but even though his dad is a pastor and his grandfather was a pastor, the choice he made to enter the ministry was completely his own.

I’ll never forget the time when Jim asked me if the Bible was really true. I sat him down and gave him every verse I knew which proved it. The next thing I knew, he was preaching – well, not exactly.

Here’s how it happened: My 13-year-old son and I took a trip to Israel with Royal Jordanian Airlines. When I checked to see where Jim was, I found him in the back of the plane with about 30 Arabs gathered around him and a Bible in his hand. He was talking prophecy. He asked them, “Can you tell me in the Quran where Mohammed was going to be born? I can tell you in the Bible where Jesus was going to be born.”

I walked back to my seat and thought to myself, It looks like we’ve got another preacher on our hands.

The conversation my son had with those Arabs wouldn’t have taken place if Linda and I decided against having family Bible study times with our kids. We made it fun and exciting, and allowed the kids to ask us questions and share their insights on what the Bible had to say. They learned that studying God’s Word wasn’t a chore, but an exciting, life-changing experience.

Your children may not all become pastors or pastors’ wives just because you have family Bible study in your home. But it will give them an excitement about the things of God which they will pass on to their children – and the lost world around them. The Word of God is exciting. Let your kids see how delightful it is to you, and they’ll catch your enthusiasm.

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I heard you pray, and I believed there is a God I could always talk to. . . . When you thought I wasn’t looking, I heard you say ‘thank you,’ and I wanted to say thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn’t looking. – Unknown Author

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder