We all have it - that one subject that just makes us cringe. The one subject that we hate to teach. The one subject that almost makes us want to have someone else teach our children. For me that subject is Bible Study. Math, Reading, Science, and Social Studies all excite me. I love figuring out new and fun ways to teach Abigail the academic skills! I am never at a loss for fun ideas to teach those skills. However, when it comes to teaching about the Bible, I freeze.
It makes no sense, but whenever it is time to plan our bible lessons, I don't know what to do. It is almost like I have never taught before. I am clueless. I feel so inadequate. Most weeks, I don't even know where to begin to plan those lessons. So, sometimes I don't. Sometimes, we don't do a bible lesson because I am too scared to create it and never get it done. On those weeks, we just read the toddler bible from beginning to end over the course of the week. I know that reading the bible is not the same as a planned, structured lesson, but fear keeps me from doing more - the fear of failing as my girls' teacher.
In my mind, anything that I create to teach Abigail and Charlotte about God is not good enough. It is all inadequate. I have tried using curriculums that I have purchased, but quickly gave up. They weren't good enough either. Nothing meets the standards that I have set in my mind for a quality bible lesson.
Deep down, I know that my lessons and the lessons I have purchased are good enough (and are much better than nothing). So, despite my fear of failing, I have resolved to try harder - to try harder to ensure that we have a bible lesson each day and to try harder to have faith in my own abilities. Doing so will only benefit my girls and me.