By Sarah Humphrey
The world is full of messages, media, and mixed information. This can make it difficult for kids to decipher what is true and right versus what just looks attractive and popular. When reminding your children to make good choices in the mix of a lot of influences, we can always look at what Solomon says in Proverbs. Solomon was a prime example of someone who asked for godly wisdom. When Solomon followed God’s voice, He was blessed, creative, and abundant. When he didn’t listen to God’s voice, he made wrong decisions, passed on difficulty, and abandoned God’s heart for him.
We can teach our kids important lessons on godly wisdom by learning from Solomon’s life, both in his victory and also in his struggles. Here are 5 simple ways to instill Biblical wisdom in your kids that can encourage, support, and keep them accountable to living a life that reflects Jesus.
- Take a walk through Proverbs with your kids. Proverbs is full of the Godly wisdom that Solomon heard from the Lord. In short sentences and verses that are truthful, creative, blunt, and sometimes comical, Solomon gives practical and applicable advice to readers, no matter the age. Reading one Proverb a day could change a child forever.
- Tell your kids the truth. Kids value being told the truth. When seeking to connect with your child about godly wisdom, be sure to include examples of where you learned by doing what was right and also how you learned by making mistakes. When children have real life examples of success and failure, it brings them clarity and connection. It also shows them that mom and dad are normal people who are trying to listen and follow God, too.
- Practice slowing down. Life is busy, and sometimes it can be easy to make a choice that isn’t best simply because we’re in a rush or trying to get a quick fix. Instead of living in constant motion, look at areas in your life where you might be able to practice more minimalism or presence. Wisdom is often most valuable when it can be instilled with simplicity.
- Remember that wisdom brings confidence. It’s not always easy to do the right thing when the crowd may be doing the wrong thing. Remind your kids that knowing what God’s says is right will always be right. God’s Truth doesn’t change, and so no matter what others say or do, we know that God is faithful to those who love Him and walk in His ways. As they see this lived out in their own lives, it will encourage them to continue in godliness.
- Pray with your kids, and ask God for wisdom. It doesn’t have to be complicated or overflowing with prose. Simple prayers are wonderful prayers. Taking the time to pray with your kids and asking for wisdom together is one of the best ways to connect with God and each other.
Sarah is a wife and homeschool mom to three kids while also working as an artist, author, and voice actor. Her writing and doodling can be found in her books, “40 Days to a Joyful Motherhood” and “Solomon Says Devotional”, while her voice is found in several commercials, children’s books, and audiobooks. She loves encouraging women and kids to embrace self-care, utilize their gifts, and become leaders in the community around them.