Yesterday we had quite a discussion going on whether our talents were God-given, or whether we could just work hard enough to be good at something and call it a talent.
In my opinion, after having eight children and seeing for myself that they just seem to come with innate abilities and things that they are good at, I think we have God-given talents and it is our job to discover them and develop them—which means working hard to be good at them.
However, I think we might have things that we might not have a natural ability for that we can work at and be good at, and call them talents. Isn’t that part of the parable of the talents? The men are given talents, but then multiply them? I think that could apply here.
Yet, no matter if they are God-given or not, talents still have to be worked at and nurtured in order to reach their full potential. For example, I have always loved writing, even as a young child, and feel like it is one of my talents. But, I’m still working hard to learn the craft and improve at it. It’s part of the process.
What do you think? Are talents God-given? Or just something you want to be good at and work hard to do and then call a talent?
What We’re Doing for Family Night
For ten years or so I’ve been going to my local Family Home Evening store to buy packets with everything I need to do for a family night inside—pictures, stories, games, recipes, etc. The FHE store also had Sunday busy boxes, which was a lot of fun for my kids because there is a wheel that you spin and whatever Sunday activity you land on, that’s what you have to do. The store has gone digital and you can now download each family home evening lesson and busy box for a small fee. It’s been well worth my time and I thought I’d pass the link along to you. Click here.
What We’re Eating for Dinner
This is a quick and easy family favorite of ours.
2/3 c. salsa
½ tsp. cumin
½ tsp. oregano
1 cup shredded cheese
2 cans of chicken (or 1 chicken breast, shredded)
Mix salsa, cumin, oregano, cheese, and chicken. Place ½ c. of the mixture in a tortilla, then roll and place seam down in the casserole dish. Bake at 400 degrees for fifteen minutes. Garnish with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, and salsa.