Smart, compassionate, endearing, likeable, hard-working, thoughtful … these are all awesome traits to teach our children to be. But if I had to choose one characteristic for my kids to have, I would have to go with WISE. Wisdom covers everything. A wise person has the heart and mind to be strong in all the other important areas, like the ones I listed earlier.
Since I’m pretty sure no one thinks they’re “all things wise,” the question is, then how do we raise wise children? How am I qualified to take on a task that size? Gotta hit the bible up for a question of that magnitude! And here’s just a little about what I found that it tells us.
1) Be A Model – Help them to think things through. Help them with the deeper thought process, to pause and consider their choices and words carefully.
Proverbs 13: 13 – 16 – Those who reject what they are taught will pay for it, but those who obey what they are told will be rewarded. 14 The teaching of a wise person gives life. It is like a fountain that can save people from death. 15 People with good understanding will be well liked, but the lives of those who are not trustworthy are hard. 16 Every wise person acts with good sense, but fools show how foolish they are.
2) Teach Them Forgiveness and Humility -I am personally so unqualified to model this! So once again, we hit up the bible for better understanding.
Ephesians 4:31-23 - Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
What an honor to see a child live out Proverbs 19:20 – Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.