Since "wisdom is the principal thing" (Prov. 4:7), I want my boys to gain wisdom. To that end, I plan to read a verse or more from Proverbs each day. Using the chapter that corresponds to the day's date, makes it easy, ensures variety, and keeps us moving.
Today's chapter is Proverbs 29, and I choose v. 15 as this morning's verse
Proverbs 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom, But a child who gets his own way brings shame to his mother.As is typical for ages 4-6, key words need defining. I asked, "Daniel, what is reproof?" "I don't know."
So I offer a definition: reproof is when someone tells you that what you're doing is wrong.
I asked, "Allan, what is wisdom?" He answered, "Doing what I'm told with a happy, submissive attitude?" ... "That's what obedience is. And it is wise to be obedient!"
"Wisdom," Marianne said, "is thinking God's way." I can work with that definition. (A six year old doesn't have to be able to quote the full definition Dad gives in Wisdom Lit.: "Wisdom is the skill or ability of viewing life and all its components from God's perspective and keeping the proper focus.")
So, I say, "That's right. Wisdom is thinking God's way, and that's what Daddy and Mommy are trying to teach you to do, when we correct you."
Obviously, there's a good deal more to say about this verse, but that was enough for this morning. Line upon line ...