As teens enter, ask them to name their best subject in school. Where do they feel the smartest and most capable? Once everyone is settled ask:
- Do you feel pressure to be “smart”? From whom? Why do you think that is? (Accept all reasonable answers.)
- What if I were to ask the same question, but replace “smart” with “wise”? Would your answer be the same? Why or why not? (Answers will vary.)
- What does it mean to be wise? (Accept all reasonable answers.)
Our culture certainly values being smart, but wisdom is something we look for too, especially from our community leaders. Recently, an unarmed woman was shot and killed by police. There are many questions surrounding the shooting. Many people are questioning the police officers’ wisdom. Other community leaders have had some big decisions to make in the wake of this shooting as well. See how many different people you notice that needed wisdom to make decisions either before, during, or after this incident occurred.
Share the following video [stop at 1:55]:
Police officer involved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor will be fired
- What decisions did the officers have to make before, during, and after the shooting that required wisdom? (Answers might include: Whether to turn on their body cams, what to do when the loud noise startled them, what to report after the shooting happened, whether or not to make a statement to the media, etc.)
- The officers were suspended after this incident. People are also calling for them to be fired and prosecuted. What will the leaders need wisdom for? (They will need to decide whether or not to fire the police offers, whether or not to prosecute them for their actions, etc.)
- What possible sources could other police officers, or other public leaders in this situation, look to for wisdom to make their decisions? (Answers will vary; might include: better training of police officers, input from other police departments, etc.; accept all reasonable answers.)
There are lots of places the public leaders in this situation could turn to for wisdom, but true wisdom comes only from God. In today’s study, we’ll see what true wisdom really is and how we can be wise in God’s eyes.