-Finding out what you should do and doing it

“Choose my teaching instead of silver. Choose knowledge rather than fine gold. Wisdom is worth more than rubies. Nothing you want can compare with her.”

Proverbs 8-10-11

Sometimes it’s easy to know the wise choice. You probably know by now that a healthy breakfast of fruit, yogurt, and granola is a wiser choice than the greasy, fast-food goodness of a sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit. It may pain you because you love a good breakfast from a fast-food joint, but you know that the healthy choice is the wise choice.

But what happens when the wise choice isn’t as easy to spot? Maybe you’re deciding between a few great job opportunities or figuring out the best neighborhood to raise your family. You weigh the pros and the cons of each choice and seek guidance from wise people. You even take time to pray about it. And in the end, you trust that the choice you made is best.

As parents and leaders, we’ve learned this over time. But our kids are just starting their journey of discovering wisdom, and unfortunately, our choices aren’t always cut and dry. As our kids grow up, they’ll soon learn that not every decision they’ll have to make is as clear as we might wish.

That’s why giving kids a strong foundation of wisdom is important. We want them to be equipped to face whatever choices they may encounter in the future, so we’re taking the next several weeks to talk about wisdom.

 It’s not simply about the difference between right and wrong, but about what is wise as we see life from God’s perspective. Jesus knew this first hand. The Bible says that He grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.

When it comes to wisdom, we want every child to grow up and say: “I can trust God no matter what.” And, because of how they trust Him they will also realize they can treat others the way they want to be treated and make wise choices regardless of the circumstances.

The principle is simply this, when a child realizes how much Jesus really loves them, what He did so they could have a relationship with God—and when that child makes a relationship with God and His words a priority in his or her life— then they will have the power and wisdom they need to live out a bigger and better story.

These are the bottom lines for this month:

If you want to be wise, ask God for wisdom. 

If you want to be wise, hang out with wise people. 

If you want to be wise, think before you speak. 

If you want to be wise, look before you leap. 

 If you want to be wise, find out what Jesus said. 

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