Kids and wisdom, those two words seem like opposites, right?  Kids run out across parking lots, they scream in public places, and they pick up food from the floor and eat it.  Not very wise…but they’re little and don’t know better!  It’s hard to teach wisdom to kids, but it’s necessary, and a brand new year is the best time to start!  They can learn what wisdom is, what it looks like, and how to acquire it…all in a fun and effective way with the family!

Wisdom is making good decision when presented with lots of options.  And the only way we gain wisdom is from gaining knowledge about the world and around about the Word within us.

Preparation: Ask the family to gather, and to bring one Christmas gift for show-and-tell.

James 1:5 says this “But if any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it. God is generous. He enjoys giving to all people, so God will give you wisdom.”

Let’s stop now and ask God for wisdom (Pray together as a family)

Psalm 16:7 says this, “The way you counsel and correct me makes me praise you more, for your whispers in the night give me wisdom, showing me what to do next.”

Have you ever heard little whispers in your ear when you’re about to do something you’re not quite sure is right? (Let the kids answer and give examples.)

Hand a piece of paper to two kids, and ask the other one to look as if he’s copying answers…

What if you’re thinking of cheating on a test at school?  What might be a wise whisper that you hear in your ear? If you obey that advice to turn away from cheating, that’s a wise decision.

Psalm 73:24 says, “You lead me with your secret wisdom. And following you brings me into your brightness and glory!”

How many love a good secret?  Let’s whisper a secret around the room and see if we still have it correct with the last person!

Whisper “Wisdom makes our little light shine and makes us have a happy heart,” only once…and let each person whisper it to the next.

Did we get it correct?  We might need to ask the first person what they actually said! We must always go back to the Word to read what God says about wisdom, so that our whispers are good and true.

Psalm 104:24 says, “O Lord, what an amazing variety of all you have created! Wild and wonderful is this world you have made, while wisdom was there at your side. This world is full of so many creatures, yet each belongs to you!”

Ask each person to look out the window into the yard and observe nature in the wintertime.  Let them each note something spectacular in their view!

God was very wise when he made seasons.  During the winter, plants go dormant and roots grow deep so that when springs arrive, blooms are everywhere!  What a wise God we serve!

Psalm 119:36 say, “Cause my heart to bow before your words of wisdom and not to the wealth of this world.”

It’s enticing to want money and things and gifts.  In fact, we just had Christmas and did we get EVERYTHING we wanted?  Perhaps, not.

Ask each person to give thanks for one of the gifts of Christmas with a bit of show and tell time.

It’s a wise person indeed that realizes that every good gift comes from above, and we should always give thanks for God’s word which brings life.  Gifts break, we lose interest, and we grow out of them.  But God’s word lasts forever!

Proverbs 2:7-8 says, “For the Lord has a hidden storehouse of wisdom made accessible to his godly lovers. He becomes your personal bodyguard as you follow his ways, protecting and guarding you as you choose what is right.”

Did you know that famous people have bodyguards?  Why do you think that is? Because they’re wealthy and well-known, often crazy people try to do them harm or hurt them. 

Ask two kids to act out one being a bodyguard for the other.

When we obey God’s word it’s like our own personal bodyguard.  Loving others, being kind, listening to His whispers, obeying what he says…all of those things protect us from harm.

Pretty cool!

Wisdom is something we learn as we grow all of our lives, IF we stay in God’s words and obey what he says when he whispers in our ears good choices to make.  And if we aren’t sure what choice to make, we can always ask Him and ask a trustworthy adult for advice.

Wisdom in 2020 – a good plan for the wise – and that’s us!

by Marcy Lytle

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