August 15, 2021

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Wisdom—Finding out what you should do and doing it

If any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it. He will give it to you. God gives freely to everyone and doesn’t find fault.

James 1:5, NIrV

Bottom Line

Think before you act.

For week three, we look to something Solomon wrote in Proverbs 22:3. Wise people see danger and go to a safe place, but childish people keep going and suffer for it (NIrV). Without thinking, people can rush into a situation and soon discover that they are in trouble. Solomon warns us to make sure we know what we’re facing before moving forward with a decision.

Bottom Line: Think before you act. Kids face all sorts of decisions where they have to decide if they will keep going or pause to evaluate the best option. These decisions happen as they learn to navigate friendships, technology, and priorities. We hope kids discover that pausing to ask themselves, “What’s the wise choice in this situation?” can save them from getting hurt.

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Now for your Kids...

Grab your Bible, your cell phone and get ready to experience Jesus with your kids!  Here’s your theme…Wisdom is finding out what you should do and doing it.

Ask your kids, “Do you love to go to the movies? One thing that can make a good movie great is the soundtrack. The music in a movie provides clues to tell you what’s about to happen. If you turned the sound to mute, the viewing experience just wouldn’t be the same.”

Read this verse with them.  Proverbs 22:3 The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.

Explain to them, “Wouldn’t it be awesome if right before something bad was about to happen, there was music playing to tip us off? While we don’t have automatic soundtracks playing in our heads, we can watch for clues that danger is ahead. That’s why we have to pay attention, listen, and observe. And when it looks like you’re heading towards a situation where you might do or say something that’s unwise, stop! Don’t go any further. If you want to be wise, stop and think before you act.”

Play a scene or two from your favorite action movie. As you watch the action on screen, push the mute button every once and awhile. Ask them, “How does it change your viewing experience?” Now, go back and reread today’s verse and then pray together. Ask God to help you pay attention and think before you act so you can be wise.

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