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Homeschoolers: Don't be wise in your own eyes

If you do your job well, your children will become well-educated.  Unfortunately, that sometimes can make teenagers feel like they are "smarter" or "better" than someone else.  It's a challenge to convey encouragement about their good efforts, without encouraging them to become prideful.  The Bible equates "being wise in your own eyes" with evil that should be shunned.

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Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the LORD and shun evil.

This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones.
Proverbs 3:7-8

I'm not sure if this is just a "phase" that children go through.  I know that age comes with wisdom.  As you get older and learn more, you start to realize how much you DO NOT know.  That humble wisdom may be the wisdom that comes with age.

Teach your children to be wise, but teach them not to be wise in their own eyes.

I love the promise at the end;  health and nourishment!  As a nurse, I love to see promises of health!

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Guest - J W on Sunday, 24 January 2010 12:18

We were on a field trip to the aquarium, and my 7th grader eavesdropped on a group of public school kids. My darling child was within earshot of three or four public school kids later on when she boasted to me about how much she knew compared to those other kids. I had to take her down a peg or two, especially since those kids were younger than she and couldn't possibly be expected to know as much or more than a 7th grader. Ouch! I pointed out that it's one thing to quietly and discreetly grumble to me that you didn't learn anything new by hanging around the fringe of a high school or college group, and another to make someone else feel bad with a loud, careless remark.

We were on a field trip to the aquarium, and my 7th grader eavesdropped on a group of public school kids. My darling child was within earshot of three or four public school kids later on when she boasted to me about how much she knew compared to those other kids. I had to take her down a peg or two, especially since those kids were younger than she and couldn't possibly be expected to know as much or more than a 7th grader. Ouch! I pointed out that it's one thing to quietly and discreetly grumble to me that you didn't learn anything new by hanging around the fringe of a high school or college group, and another to make someone else feel bad with a loud, careless remark.
Guest - BadMsM on Saturday, 23 January 2010 11:14

I agree wholeheartedly. Humility is something we should make sure we teach out kids as well.

I agree wholeheartedly. Humility is something we should make sure we teach out kids as well.
Guest - Jacque (website) on Saturday, 23 January 2010 06:50

Very good Lee.
So very true.

Shalom~

Very good Lee. So very true. Shalom~
Guest - Sheila Gregoire (website) on Saturday, 23 January 2010 06:18

Such a good reminder! My kids do have the tendency to be "proud" of the fact that they are not like other kids--my kids know important stuff, they're not into pop culture, they love God. But they do tend to brag at times, even if it's just in the family. I'll remember this verse!

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Such a good reminder! My kids do have the tendency to be "proud" of the fact that they are not like other kids--my kids know important stuff, they're not into pop culture, they love God. But they do tend to brag at times, even if it's just in the family. I'll remember this verse! Visit To Love, Honor and Vacuum today!
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