Discerning Six-Year Olds

Posted on April 27, 2012 · Posted in Wisdom

Discernment is one quality that all of us can use in increasing measure. Like other wisdom skills, it is a quality that improves with time. In other words, the earlier children start practicing and learning discernment, the better!

Discernment is seeing the difference between good and bad – or good and best – so I know what to do to please God.

Discernment is a wisdom skill. Skills by nature are designed for practice. Honing the skill of discernment is a life-long endeavor. One goal of discernment is learn to ask what is good for God, not what is good for you. This is what it means to effectively guard your heart, asking what is good for God, before you ask what is good for you. Proverbs 4:23 says:

Above all else, guard your heart,

for everything you do flows from it

Six-year olds are in need of discernment. They are constantly making choices. Teaching them to ask what is good for God as their first thought is a skill that will serve them well for the rest of their lives!

 

Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.