Last Friday, October 12, about thirty-five of us gathered in the Queen Anne church fellowship hall for a livelier-than-most devotional about decision making and gaining wisdom.
Here are some highlights from the evening:
1) “Forced Decision” – choosing between one of two choices, and seeing who would make the same decision as you
2) Sharing one good decision each of us has made
3) Brainstorming every major decision the teens will make between now and when they graduate college
4) A debate: wisdom comes from making mistakes vs wisdom comes from avoiding mistakes
5) Small group discussions with parents and teens on how to gain wisdom and the benefits of wisdom
6) And, of course, cookies, bananas, and coffee!
The two Scriptures that brought us clarity for the evening were:
The writers here teach us that wisdom comes from training and use (Heb. 5), as well as turning our ears to wise sources (Proverbs 2). Here was a brief recap of what we took away as teens training to be wise and parents training teens to be wise:
For teens: Wisdom comes only through TRAINING and USE (Heb 5:14). If you wish to learn to make wise decisions and be someone who can do so consistently, you must actively turn your ear to wisdom (Pro. 2:2) – God’s word, spoken through the Bible and advice from those who came before you (parents, extended Christian family in the church). Wisdom doesn’t just arrive at our doorstep. We must intentionally seek it from wise sources and put that advice into practice.
For parents: Wisdom comes for your teens only through TRAINING and USE (Heb 5:14). What that means is, mistakes happen. Training is the process of working through the kinks, making mistakes, falling, and trying again, and falling again. The best trainers are the ones who are there encouraging them at all times, not only in victory. Everybody falls. Maturity takes a while. Most people get there eventually, but it is a long process. Do your best to point your son or daughter to sources of wisdom (see above), set an example for them on how to live, and they will learn.
Thanks to all who joined us!