Do you have kids, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, or friends’ children who like to play video games? It seems to be as much a part of growing up for kids today as street hockey was in my day. Online gaming is a huge phenomenon for all ages – and not all of it has a positive impact.
Likewise, do you have kids, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, or friends’ children whom you’d love to see reading the Bible but aren’t really into it? Of course you do. As a follower of Jesus, you have an opportunity to invest in children, to help them become spiritually strong, so that as they grow up, they’ll also grow in the Lord.
You’ve seen this passage before, but let me remind you of what the Bible says in Deuteronomy 6.4-8, right after God gives the Ten Commandments through Moses: “Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders” (NLT).
We have the responsibility before God to encourage our kids in faith. And now, we can combine their love of video games with our desire to help them know Christ. I want to tell you about something amazing that’s being rolled out that can have a huge impact on kids. (I’m not involved in this; I’m only promoting it because I think it has great potential to help us draw children to the Lord.)
A couple of years ago, the Canadian Bible Society was given the opportunity to create a unique ministry opportunity for children and young people, and the ground work began on what is now called Yahero. Made with the creative genius of EyeseeTV, Yahero (short for Yahweh our Hero) is an online gaming experience that has been professionally designed and tested with children (so it’s cool…or is that phat? Or sick? I can’t keep track…). It uses first-class animation and technology to allow kids an allegorical gaming experience that will encourage them to read the Bible.
You can learn more about Yahero here. That link will also let you explore the game, which is receiving add-ons weekly as it rolls out.
Full engagement in the game will entail a minimal cost, but I think it would be worth it to get kids playing games that are going to build their spiritual lives.
We tend to think that the spiritual development of our families is not about fun and games. Well, now, maybe it is. Check out Yahero today, and share the link with kids you know.