Wisdom is “applying truth to my daily decisions.” Being wise is different than being smart. A smart person knows a lot of facts, but a wise person is able to apply those facts to the situation at hand.

If you want to make wise decisions, you must realize that every decision is important. Just as it takes thousands of small bricks to construct a large building, your character is made up of thousands of small decisions.

You should also consider that every decision has a consequence. Sometimes consequences affect just one person, and sometimes they affect many. But sooner or later, you reap what you sow—for better or for worse.

Finally, remember that every decision has a lesson. Whether the outcome is good or bad, a wise person learns from past decisions and makes better ones in the future. Even the worst mistakes can become the best lessons for those who are willing to learn!

I Will:

  1. Listen to my parents and teachers.
  2. Learn from mistakes.
  3. Choose my friends carefully.
  4. Consider the consequences.
  5. Ask, "What is the right thing to do?"

Discussion Starters:

  • Who are some wise people you know? What can you learn from them?
  • Who are some friends that encourage you in the right direction?
  • What do you think the saying means, "You reap what you sow”?
  • What do you think happens if you don't learn from your mistakes?

(Permission granted to reproduce this lesson for educational use. Credit: CharacterFirstEd.com

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Learn hand motions for the poem and song. Listen to the nature story. Presented by Robert Greenlaw.

Get lyrics to the poem in the Wisdom Curriculum.

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Read the full nature story in the Wisdom Curriculum.