Sweetness for the Soul


What is a practical way you can teach your children about the value of exercising self-control?


While praying together, take turns thanking God for your favorite foods.


Post a sheet of paper on the wall. Draw a simple platter on the paper and invite family members to draw their two favorite desserts on the platter. All of these desserts will combine to be one spectacular, yet imaginary, family dessert. Now ask your child to make up a name for this treat.


It’s fun to imagine all your favorite desserts in the same place at the same time. And while this may be fun to imagine, it wouldn’t be healthy to actually eat all those goodies. Self-control keeps you from making poor eating choices; at the same time, it helps you learn to appreciate things that are better for you. Have you ever considered developing a taste for wisdom? Proverbs 24:13-14 says it like this: “Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste. Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.” Just as eating your favorite desserts can be pleasant, so exercising wisdom in your choices can have a sweet influence on your life now and in the future.


- How can wisdom be sweet to your soul in the same way desserts are sweet to your taste?

- How can you find wisdom?

James 3:17

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