Proverbs is one of the Bible books I encourage kids and teens to read first when they attempt independent Bible reading. Proverbs is an awesome book. I know, every book in the Bible is wonderful, Proverbs is special. I love it because it is full of hundreds of tiny bits of wisdom, any of which can be life and eternity changing for those who heed them.
A proverb can say clearly in a few words what other authors may take a long story or a sermon to try and communicate. This is great for little ones with relatively short attention spans. They only have to attend for less than a minute to learn godly advice which can help them the rest of their lives.
Proverbs are also great because they often paint vivid images or have a touch of humor. Who doesn’t remember the Proverb about an annoying, nagging woman being like a constant leak in a roof? (27:15) You can close your eyes and picture the cartoon God’s words create. Yet at the heart of this humorous image is an important truth for women to avoid becoming an annoying “leaky roof” in the lives of others.
The best part about Proverbs is that because they are short and vivid, they are also easy to memorize. Pick out a couple your child needs the most. Write them on note cards and place them on the bathroom mirror so he sees them when he brushes his teeth. Put them where they do their homework. Have them on artwork around your home. Get creative, but encourage your children to memorize as many Proverbs as possible. The words being perfect isn’t as important as your child having the correct meaning written on her heart.
Take some time and introduce your kids to the book of Proverbs. Follow me on Twitter (@tswinnett) for some of my favorite Proverbs for kids. I try to tweet one each day (Monday through Friday), usually around lunchtime on the East Coast. Have your children pick a few of their favorite Proverbs and work together to create pieces of Proverb art to display around your home. Most importantly, encourage each other to regularly and consistently follow the advice God gives us in those proverbs. It can make a huge difference for everyone.