Monday, September 30, 2013

Talented FHE

Tonight for Family Home Evening, Gracie led us in a lesson about talents. She accomplished a goal in her Faith in God booklet by doing this. I just had to share what everyone wrote down for their talents. In no particular order...

Landon (6) is good at:
writing my name
imagining
I'm working on walking to school all the way
making up new games
putting on slip on shoes
wearing hats
going to sleep
(He has always been very good at that! He used to put himself down for naps and even now he is a star at going to bed when asked)

Geoff (37) is good at:
programming computers
drawing
computer art
woodworking
welding
building

Emily (11) is good at:
drawing
reading
learning
helping others
legos
baking
math
being sarcastic

Gracie (9) is good at:
climbing high
adventuring
playing with the boys (her brothers)
reading
math
writing
hiking
running

Ethan (4) is good at:
running
climbing trees
playing

Diana (36) is good at:
writing
baking
sign language
sewing
sleeping

Becca (13) is good at:
saying yes and no (with the direction that she is looking)
feeling the Spirit and sharing this feeling with others
saying 'I love you' and helping people to be patient enough to wait for her to "say" it

Aside from Becca's, these were all in their own words. I loved hearing what they thought about the good in themselves. 

Earlier today I was finishing up tailoring work on a wedding dress. A teenage cousin was resisiting his mother who was trying to get him to practice the piano. I asked him if he wanted me to tell him the parable of the talents from the scriptures. :) 

It made me think, though, that if he had any idea how he will value that talent later in life, he would practice with much less cajoling. How often do we miss out on something we're good at because we choose to spend time doing less meaningful things instead of practicing and developing a talent in earnest? How many people would love to be able to practice the talents we have and circumstances won't allow it?

Don't waste your talents, People!

Don't bury them, hide them, disuse or disrespect them! And yes, I absolutely mean you, Future Emily, Future Gracie, Future Landon and Future Ethan!!

2 comments:

Darla Lee said...

That's a great start of a list of talents, but you have many, many more...like giving good hugs, comforting the weary, cheering the sad, being patient, looking for and finding the good in others...and there are still more!

Kelie M. said...

Next time Matt is upset that I've spent an entire day hidden away in my sewing room, I am going to refer him to this post. :)