Pretend you ask your kids to take out the garbage. You explain which trash cans you would like emptied and where the new trash bags are located.
Would you be satisfied if your children rolled their eyes and stomped around the house emptying bags until they finally completed the task you assigned? Knowledge is not always enough; it is also important to teach children to value wisdom.
Teach Children to Value Wisdom
Throughout the past decade, I have recognized a concerning pattern among parents. Unless parents seek spiritual guidance and renewal in this particular area, I think this trend will continue for the foreseeable future. Life in the 21st century means that most parents can raise children with an overwhelming amount of information about virtually anything. Unfortunately, access to knowledge does not equate to access to wisdom.
Knowing how to do a task is not the same as being able to do a job while exhibiting good character. Parents, do not let knowledge become more important to your kids than wisdom. Teach your kids to have a good work ethic, be men and women of character, put the needs of others first, and be responsible with time and money. These qualities surpass simple head knowledge, and should help your kids stand out to potential employers, customers, and even friends.
On top of all this, the qualities of wisdom lead people to put God’s gift of life to good use. As Jesus said, “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?” While a life of wisdom and good character may give your kids good lives at work and at home, a life of wisdom is most importantly a life lived to glorify God.
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