October 14 Word of the Day: Wisdom
My husband and I attended a parenting teen workshop at our church last night. The speaker was a well known author and speaker, Mark Gregston. His book, Tough Guys and Drama Queens: How Not to Get Blindsided by Your Child’s Teen Years offers tried-and-true wisdom on the vital importance of relationship, forgiveness, and explains how conflict is actually the precursor to change.
One thing he said really struck me: give your teens wisdom, not knowledge. What’s the difference? Wisdom comes from observation, reflection, and experience. In our culture, we are provided with too much information (knowledge) that is useless. Teens today need wisdom from us, which we provide from our experiences and relationship with God.
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. (James 1:5)