Many children become adults that either struggle to read or don’t know how to read around the world because of lack of patience.
When my daughter came to me on a Saturday morning with a book in her hand, she said, “Mommy I was reading this book.” Now, many parents or people would have left her alone, thinking to themselves, “Wonderful…she knows how to read.” However, when she sat down and begin to read this book, she asked me, “Mommy what’s this word?” I answered her question by telling her the word she wanted to know. A few more words in and she asked me the question again, “Mommy what’s this word?” I told her the new word and she continue to read the other words some more. Not long after, she asked me the question again, and again, and again. Each time I answered her with the pronunciation of the word until we got to the end of the story.
Love is patient. — 1 Corinthians 13:4 NIV
As parents we are to love our children. Part of loving them is being patient with them. When I told my daughter to sound out the words, she did just that. Saying each sound that matched each letter. However, this method was not helping her to say the word. In fact, it was causing her to pronounce the words the way they look rather than the way we [adults] have been taught to pronounce the word when we were in elementary school. The Lord caused me to see that this is the reason why many don’t know how to read. It is not that they don’t want to read or don’t like to read; they just need someone willing, able, and ready to teach them how to read [recognize words] with patience [love].
I want to invite you today, to use patience when reading to your child or loved one or student. Sit down with them and walk through each word with them. Listen to them and when they need your assistance respond with love. Don’t jump ahead of them with the word because they are “taking too long” and you “have things to do.” Instead, stop what you are doing and begin to administer love. I assure you that that seed you plant of patience will allow them to grow and multiply. Everyone wants and needs accountability — someone to be in agreement or support with them. Let today be the day you say, “Less of me and more of you Lord.” Let’s help someone else learn how to read.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. — Hosea 4:
Be encouraged. Be inspired. Be who God created you to be.