Leading our Children Into True Wisdom
While reading my Bible this morning, I read this scripture from James: “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.” (James 3:17) I thought about this scripture in light of our children and what we desire to be the product of our homeschooling. One of the things that drives what we do in our home is the hope that our children would be wise at the end of their formal education. We want them to succeed academically, but at the end of it all, we want them to have godly wisdom that will guide them in all that they do.
So today, I’m taking some time to consider what James lays out for us as “wisdom from above,” and asking myself these questions:
Are my children being taught "pure" and godly things?
Are my children learning in a way that will lead them to be “peaceable” and “gentle,” particularly in a world that is growing increasingly hostile towards the things of God?
Is the instruction of my children leading them to be “open to reason”? Do they know how to think logically?
Is our homeschool “full of mercy and good fruits?”
Are our children being trained to be “impartial”? In other words, are we inadvertently teaching them that we are “better” than others because we homeschool?
Are we “sincere” in how we are teaching our children or are we simply going through the motions of day-to-day lessons?
James gives us a very simple and humble definition of wisdom. It’s amazing to me, that his description doesn’t really include much about how much a person knows, but, it focuses a great deal on how a person behaves and how they treat others. This is the kind of wisdom I want to have. This is the wisdom I want to pass down to my children.