"Yes, he did. That's a naughty word," I started to say. Then I realized that was the easy way out. Stupid isn't a naughty word. It's only naughty if you use it in the wrong way. I then changed my answer. "Yes, William. But in all honesty, some people are stupid." William's eyes got even bigger. Had his mommy really just used the word stupid?!!
I told William about the book of Proverbs in the Bible. It teaches us about wisdom and folly, about being wise and being stupid. The next day William and I sat down in my bed together to read verses about wisdom and folly. I thought William would only sit through two or three verses, but he kept asking for more! We read and discussed about 15 verses on wisdom and folly! After that we prayed together, and we asked God to teach us to be wise.
Throughout this week Will and I have been reinforcing this lesson with William. As we go through daily life we talk about actions that are wise and actions that are foolish. Even at the age of three, William has a very good grasp of what is wise and what is foolish. We pray that he will grow into a wise and godly man, and that he will not choose the path of folly.
Here are some of the verses William and I have discussed:
"A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son grief to his mother." Proverbs 10:1
"A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct, but a man of understanding delights in wisdom." Proverbs 10:23
"Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid." Proverbs 12:1
"He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm." Proverbs 13:20
"A fool's talk brings a rod to his back, but the lips of the wise protect them." Proverbs 14:3
"A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly." Proverbs 14:29
"Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it, but folly brings punishment to fools." Proverbs 16:22
All verses are taken from the New International Version of the Bible.