Give your servant, therefore, a listening heart to judge your people and to distinguish between good and evil. -1 Kings 3:9In 1 Kings 3, God tells Solomon He will give him anything he asks for. Rather than asking for riches, or a long life, Solomon asks for a listening heart and the ability to judge between good and evil. In a word, he asks for wisdom. We moms are just like Solomon. We're being asked to lead our kids, our people. In order to do that well, we too need listening hearts. We need to be able to judge good from evil so we know when to intervene, and when to let our kids fail so they learn on their own. Doing so is a right of passage. If we don't let our kids experience that learning process in the safety of our own home, they'll do it outside of it, where safety isn't a guarantee. The key to it all is the same prayer Solomon had. Now, when God asks me in my prayer time what I seek, my request will be: "Please give me wisdom so I can lead my people, my kids. Amen!"
Copyright 2018 Claire McGarry
About the Author
Claire McGarry is the author of the Lenten devotional "With Our Savior," published by Creative Communications for the Family/Bayard, Inc. and All is Blessing: Finding God in the Tensions of Life, to be published by Our Sunday Visitor in the fall of 2021. Her freelance work has appeared in various Chicken Soup for the Soul books, Focus on the Family magazine, Catechist magazine, These Days devotional, and Keys for Kids devotional. The founder of MOSAIC of Faith, a ministry with several different programs for mothers and children, she blogs at Shifting My Perspective.