The book of Proverbs is a collection of wise sayings and instructions to help us live a godly life and get along better with others. Proverbs 1:2 says: Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair.
This set of writing prompts from Proverbs encourages kids to apply scriptures to their own lives as they think about what it means to choose friends carefully, to be generous and cheerful, and to guard our tongues.
1. Wise and Foolish Friends
The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. ~Prov. 12:26
Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm. ~Prov.s 13:20
Do you know what it means to walk with the wise? Do you choose your close friends carefully? Make a list of positive character qualities you should look for in a good friend. What does it mean to be wicked or foolish? Make a list of character traits to watch out for in a person whose friendship you should avoid.
2. Ray of Sunshine
A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son grief to his mother.~Prov. 10:1
In five sentences, tell about one way you can bring joy to your parents today.
3. To the Least of These
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done. ~Prov. 19:17
There once were two brothers. One mocked the poor and never came to their aid, but the other brother was kind and generous to those in need. Write a story about these two brothers and tell how each one got his just reward in the end.
4. When Worry Comes
Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.~Prov. 12:25
Having an anxious heart means worrying about things that may or may not happen. Is there something your heart feels anxious about today? Write about a time when a kind word cheered you up and made your heart glad.
5. Watch Your Words
The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. ~Prov. 12:18
Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. ~Prov. 16:24
When you say something mean without thinking, or when you speak sharply to someone, it’s not much different from stabbing them with a sword. Do you need to tell someone you’re sorry for hurting them with words? Write a letter of apology, knowing that gracious words can bring healing.