For a writing assignment, my son, Elijah, wrote this for his blog (with some grammatical assistance from moi)…
When I was almost 8 years old, I asked for an NIV Bible called Adventure Bible for Children. I wanted to finish the whole Bible like my parents. It took me one and a half years to finish it.
Every day, I would try to read. I tried to read (at the most) five chapters a day. Occasionally, I would not be able to read when I would forget to bring it on a trip or when I had a busy day. But, most of the time, I tried my best.
To be honest, I would not always learn things, but I would read through it anyway. But I did learn the most precious truth in all the world — that Jesus died for me and that he has saved me. All I have to do is to take his gift and believe in what he has done, and live for him. Someday, I know I will go to heaven.
At first, I wasn’t sure about what I believed. But, my mom and dad told me that the Bible is veritable because Jesus died and rose again. He has triumphed over death and his resurrection is historically proven. Therefore, what I believe is real and not based on fiction.
Even after I believed this, I still was not sure if I had faith. My dad told me, “believe the little that you know and let it grow.” And my mom shared with me that if I seek God with all my heart, I would find him. The verse she showed me was in Jeremiah 29:12 – 14 “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
I was also encouraged when my mom said she could really see God in my life. This made me realize that I have Jesus in my life. And if I have Jesus in my life this means that I really have believed in him.
When I read the New Testament, I really like it. I learned a lot more than the Old Testament even though it is much shorter. All of the verses in my blog right now are from the New Testament. But I kept a journal where I wrote down so many verses from the Old Testament.
The date I finished my Bible was June 20, 2012. It was a terrific and gratifying feeling. I absolutely enjoyed reading my Bible and I look forward to going through another translation. (There are many translations.) Of all the books I have read, the Bible is the one I can learn from the most and one of the longest!
To celebrate my completion of the Bible, my family and I ate at a Japanese restaurant called Jozu Kin. Japanese food is one of my favorite foods! It was a special celebration for me. My dad said we would do this for all my siblings when they finish their Bibles, too!