"Foolish choice." The small voice mumbled.
Our children are learning all the time. Their world is constantly being shaped by the language they internalize. Our experience of the world is only as big as our vocabulary to interpret it. Our brains are wired to remember what we say much more than what other people say. Literally, the words we use have power to shape our lives.
This year we are studying from the book of Proverbs during our weekly chapel in pursuit of wisdom.
Proverbs 1:7 clearly communicates the difference between the wise man and the foolish man. Each week we look at a chapter in Proverbs with a local pastor or Mrs. See, mining nuggets of wisdom along the way.
Again and again we are struck by the benefits of wisdom versus the personal cost of foolishness.
But what is wisdom? How do we know how to make the appropriate choice in each situation?
"But to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men." (1 Corinthians 1:24)
If Jesus is the wisdom of God, then the answer is: follow Jesus, read His Word, and you will be walking on the wise path.
Bear in mind: when we apply God's principles of wisdom with a student, helping them make their own wise choices, it's always with a message of love:
"The Lord loves you enough to save you from your own foolish path."
The Bible is clear that there are always two choices: the wise, and the foolish path; the call of the Spirit, and the call of selfishness; following Jesus, and following the enemy. If we are teaching children to listen to the voice of the Lord, while living amid a dark and fallen world, it is imperative they practice recognizing what the wise path and foolish paths look like, in word and in action.
With this in mind, the 2/3rd grade class took the challenge from the beginning of the year and set out to memorize the entire first chapter of Proverbs! They just finished it and will recite it for the End of the Year Open House. Each student in the school who can recite the chapter will receive a treasure box with a gold coin and a certificate of completion. Nothing makes us more excited than when students actively and joyfully recite God's Word from their hearts! To hear their little voices declare that "whoever listens to wisdom will live in safety and be at ease without fear of harm," impacts your heart in deep ways.
These children are internalizing God's wise path. They will remember these words when life's choices come down the road. It is our deepest mission to prepare our students for listening to the wisdom of Christ throughout their lives. Giving them the vocabulary for God's perspective of their troubles is key to giving them understanding when temptation and confusion cloud their minds. With His Word, God really does shine His light in our hearts. This is whole-hearted education.
"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." (John 1:5)