How do we give kids the direction they need to do well in all that they say, do and live?
Do we give them additional lessons? Do we flourish them with all that they need? Do we keep order and consistency in their lives by making sure they bush their teeth, say please and thank you, wash their hands before they eat, save their money more than they spend? Hold doors open for others? Be kind to all and don’t hold on to hate? Go to bed on time and take care of their bodies by watching what they eat? Pray everyday before meals, pray for others and their direction as they move through the day?
Our children need our direction; allowing them to decide on things that first must be demonstrated by you and with some basic understanding by them. The world is filled with contradictory messages about building wealth, managing possessions, interacting and treating others. They sometime see fictional movies where positive and negative messages are upside down and mixed all the time causing great confusion. Are we giving the values and building the character in order for them to walk with integrity, love unconditionally, commit to promises, developing healthy relationships, able to respect those in authority and honoring you as a parent?
How do we find the way towards wisdom for them and for ourselves to aid them as they grow. I only understand these questions through the scripture listed. I will reference them here, not to add to the words and instruction in them, but to point to the only source I know that has life in it. My hope is that you and your family see all things God has planned for your life.
“He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.””
Revelation 14:7 NIV
“The one who gets wisdom loves life; the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.”
Proverbs 19:8 NIV
“The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.”
Proverbs 4:7 NIV
“Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land.”
Job 1:8-10 NIV
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
Proverbs 1:7 NIV
“Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to those he loves. Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.”
Psalms 127:1-5 NIV