6/23: Wise Kids

A rerun of The Andy Griffith Show was especially touching. Sheriff Taylor was trying to teach his son, Opie, the value of money, so Opie decided to get a job. He ended up answering a sign ad to help out at the grocery store. The only problem was another boy saw the ad at the same time. The grocery store owner decided to test both boys for a week and then make his decision. Those boys raced around, running the deliveries to their customers, and eagerly cleaning the store. Opie got the job, but then heard that the other boy needed the money to help his sick father pay bills. Opie then turned around and pretended to want to go play baseball rather than work. This decision got him fired.

In the meantime, Sheriff Taylor had been bragging about what a responsible son he had; however, when he found out Opie had been fired, he was highly embarrassed and disappointed. Opie explained though and his dad realized his son had actually sacrificed for the good of the other boy and had made the wise and very mature choice. His embarrassment turned to pride.

There is not much more that comforts parents’ hearts than when their children make wise decisions. We parents can teach wisdom as our kids are growing up by both preaching it to them and living it before them; but it’s when they are away from us that the proof shows as to whether they’ve caught what we’ve taught or not. It doesn’t matter whether our young ones are away at school or at a friend’s house, or our older ones have left home and are out on their own, our desire is the same: that they make wise decisions.

Proverbs 23:15-16 says, “My son, if your heart is wise, my heart will rejoice– indeed, I myself; yes, my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak right things” (NKJ). Human children ought to make the hearts of their parents rejoice by making a wise choice. As children of the King, how could we do anything less?


P.S. Here’s a tip: Pray through the book of Proverbs over your children. Proverbs is a book of wisdom, so if you want your children to be wise, use the wisdom from God’s word in your prayers for them. For example, Proverbs 1:10 says, “My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent” (NKJ). Pray, “Dear Lord, help (place your child’s name here) to stand strong against those who would try to tempt and entice him/her to participate in anything sinful, illegal, or harmful. Place a “no thank you” in his/her mouth and heart. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”


©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

Pick up a copy of Sharon’s book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available now from New Hope Publishers, and get ready for Sharon’s newest release, Boomerangs to Arrows: A Godly Guide for Launching Young Adult Children, coming this fall from Judson Press.



~ by sanewriter on June 23, 2013.

One Response to “6/23: Wise Kids”

  1. Small eyes, take big pictures.

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