I am paying my son over $1K to read the bible
Julian, my 11 year old, came to me one day asking for suggestions on ways to make money to buy a new computer. He didn't even try asking me to buy it for him. Why? Oh, because it was a $3K computer for gaming. He knows I am not a fan of gaming, but that's another subject. So, we brainstormed and came up with some ideas. He was considering a youtube channel or doing surveys online. Both involved him spending more time online, so it freaked me out a bit. He is very smart and determined. I started thinking... What if he makes decent money and then he likes it and then he wants more and more and more and becomes a money chaser? Not to mention all the online bullying he would be exposed to. This was happening at the same time that he was telling me he no longer wants to go attend the middle school gatherings at church and that I was pushing God on him and that it was having the opposite effect I was hoping.
I prayed, I cried, and prayed and prayed over this. After a few days, my mind became a bit more clear.
What he wants is a computer.
What I want is for him to know God.
What I know is that he got his first adult Bible for Christmas for which he shows no interest, but I also know that he is an avid reader because he is knowledge driven (i learned more about his drive thanks to this book).
So I proposed the following: "I will pay you $1 for every chapter of the Bible that you read. You can read it multiple times until you reach your goal."
He figured out how many chapter the bible has, how much time he can spend on reading it, how fast he can read it, and he accepted my offer. Is he motivated by the purchase of a gaming computer as opposed to seeking God? Yes, absolutely. But, I trust that God will meet him in his journey. As a matter of fact, I believe God is working on him already: he no longer complains about going to the middle school group at church, he doesn't feel I am pushing God on him, and every time he finishes a chapter he comes to tell me about it. There is something else that I feel in him, but I can't explain what it is. Peace? Comfort? I don't know... but I do know this...
God is great.
Proverbs 22:6 | Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.