If you lived in Indianapolis in the 1990s, the phrase “Boom Baby!!” brings back fantastic memories. If you lived elsewhere, I’m sorry. You missed out on a good thing.
“Boom Baby!!” was the phrase you’d hear the Pacers radio announcer, Slick Leonard, belt out whenever Reggie Miller made a big 3-point shot. None were bigger than the “Boom Baby!!” we heard when Reggie miraculously scored 8 points in 9 seconds against the Knicks in the 1995 NBA playoffs.
That was over 20 years ago and I remember it like it was yesterday. That has to be the highlight of the 9th year of my life. If you’ve kept up with this series of posts, you know that my Dad used this event to teach us a lesson.
One of the things that always annoyed Dad was that people were more committed to all of their hobbies than they were to following God or serving in the church. 45 year old guys could tell you the leading scorer and the final score from a 1987 basketball game, but they couldn’t tell you where to find Jesus in the Old Testament. Many Dads would run themselves ragged getting their kids to “elite” out-of-state tournaments every weekend, but they wouldn’t teach a 4th grade Sunday School class. And then we wondered why the kids cared more about SportsCenter than expository preaching.
For a few summers, Dad decided our family would commit to memorizing Scripture as a family. The 1st time we did this, our passage was the entire book of 1st Timothy. I thought that was a little intense until Dad asked me to recite each play in Reggie Miller’s famous “8 points, 9 seconds” outburst. My out-of-whack priorities had been exposed.
Dad, Mom, Grandma, & Grandpa, your kids are watching. It’s not a matter of turning the TV off and talking about the Bible so the kids will value spirituality. No, it’s a matter of where your heart is. Whatever it is that you find valuable will be reflected in your time management. Our kids simply help us diagnose the issue by pointing out our weaknesses.
Don’t change your habits so your kids will read the Bible more. Change your habits so that you will know Jesus. At the end of our summer, Dad was the only one to completely memorize 1 Timothy. But, God had used 1 Timothy to draw my Dad to himself, and in the process, we had seen what was truly valuable.
I’ve recently recommitted myself to Scripture memory and have found an App that is pretty helpful. It’s called Scripture Typer and is free for the first 50 verses you memorize. It’s helped me be consistent in memorization and meditation. I encourage you to check it out.
What’s going to be the highlight of this year of your life? Will it be the 2015 edition of “Boom Baby!!” or will it be the deep truths of God’s Word that you only understand as you embed those Words in your soul?