Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Proverbs 4:26

I pondered as I sat watching my little one walk carefully over the warm rocks after wading through the cold spring water. I saw his careful concentration on where each foot would settle and his pride at being able to tackle such a hard path.

I know that during his life he will face ups and downs. There will be hard rocky paths to cross, smooth soft sand, and a few deep waters. My goal is to cultivate wisdom, understanding, and the knowledge needed for each step he will take through his life.

If you want this for your little ones, I leave you with these tips:

  • Start now! Don’t wait to train or cultivate wisdom. Start now when their steps are short; then when they are long, your children will bring you joy, not dishonor.
  • Pray for them to gain wisdom.
  • Create opportunities where you can help them overcome little obstacles. This will prepare them for the bigger ones.

Life is full of mountains. Right now your children are small and trusting you to help them climb the little hills. Help them do it, but don’t do it for them—a big parental mistake—and when they are grown they will climb the mountains alone with wisdom and confidence.