By Trace Embry
As a parent in today’s culture it’s important that you know the difference between knowledge and wisdom.
Once you understand the difference, you should put a premium on acquiring wisdom. How can you accomplish this in today’s postmodern culture? I’ll provide you some insight in today’s post.
Before your family as a whole can grasp the differences between knowledge and wisdom, you must take the time to grow in wisdom yourself. Learn to identify what wisdom looks like in your home.
Intelligence Does Not Always Equate Wisdom
Today’s teens arguably have more access to knowledge than any other generation in history. This is why they know a little about a lot.
Because of the Internet anyone can look knowledgable.
Many teens can recite the stats of their favorite football teams, know the answers to complex math equations, memorize books of the Bible, or know how to rebuild an engine. But, just because your child can rebuild a computer or has a high IQ score does not mean he is on a path to success.
Knowledge and intelligence does not always equate to wisdom.
Despite all the knowledge your teen obtains, he can still struggle in the action and consequence part of his thinking process.
How to Develop Wisdom
Knowledge and intelligence requires no moral component.
Wisdom; however, is all about morals. Hitler, Ted Bundy, and Bernie Madoff were all highly intelligent people. However, they lacked wisdom.
The level of wisdom is exposed in the everyday application of knowledge and intelligence.
So how do you develop wisdom?
A first practical step is to spend a lot of time in the book of Proverbs.
If you read one chapter of Proverbs a day you can read through the entire book about 12 times within a year. It makes for a nice morning devotional, and will increase your knowledge of wisdom.
Also, you can find 10 Things Your Kids Want You to Know that You May Not be Aware of. This will help facilitate a deeper conversation and promote a wisdom focused environment.
What are some activities you do to facilitate wisdom in your home?