In the past 30 years, the entertainment industry has been capitalizing on the talent of our youth. They have promised big dreams with fame and a possible fortune attached. I have watched multi-talented children put their skills and abilities on display for the world. The latest competitive food network show now involves young children who love to cook and bake, and they are good at it!

I couldn’t help but wonder about children in the family of God, and the skill set He has given to them. As a parent, do I let the world determine what they should do with their abilities? How do I help my children to develop their talent into something God can later use?

By the time children are in school full time, they start to exhibit interests that go beyond friends and playtime. As toddlers, when they hear music, they readily respond with joy and delight. Does this mean they will become musicians? Not necessarily. All children respond well to music when they hear it. It is good to take note of that and pay close attention to their reactions when musical sounds are made. It could be a passing phase or a real genuine interest that could lead to a passion for it. Music is just one area of interests that children have. 

It is important, as parents, to pay attention to the things that children gravitate towards even if they display  interests in a variety of things. The tendency is to steer them away from having too many choices and focus them on one solitary thing. That may not be the best way to handle the situation. Perhaps for the child with a wide range of interests, the process will involve trying their hand at several things which may very well lead them to their ultimate purpose.

When my son was four years old, he was at a wedding reception where for the first time in his life he heard a live band perform. He was mesmerized and went right up to the center stage to watch them play. There was no tearing him away, not even to eat his food. That day, I saw the eyes of my child light up with excitement and joy. He told us that he wanted to play the piano. I payed close attention to what he said and went on a search to find a music teacher for him and found one. He started playing the piano at age five up until age nine. He then informed me that he wanted to stop piano lessons and learn to play the drums for the school band; I let him. He also learned to play the alto saxophone. 

I asked the Lord to find use for my son’s varied musical interests and to help us guide him aright. James1:5 says, “If any of you lack wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” I needed the Lord’s wisdom for He knew what was best for our son and why He gave him such an interest in music. I didn’t know it then, but God was going to use that very same child to produce the music I would later write and record. Who knew? God did!

It’s important to take the time to notice all of the things that our children are interested in. Encourage them, help them to grow their talent into something more. It isn’t always necessary to sign them up for lessons, but look around and find someone who can be a source of inspiration for that skill set. Take them on an excursion that could help nurture them and keep those juices flowing within them. Skill has to be nurtured and cultivated. It needs the right environment in order to grow and to expand.

When children get the exposure they need in order to feed their interests, it reduces the risks of them later getting into trouble at school, and their school work might improve. Ask God to find other children who have similar interests so that he or she can have others to identify with.

God is wise and He knows what each child is capable of. He knows why that particular child, with the abilities he had, was placed within our family.  I knew that as a parent, I needed to hone in on what I saw with our son, and find practical ways to develop him. I also asked  God for discernment in order to make an accurate assessment  for the purpose of guiding him in the right direction.

The grooming of children must be taken seriously. God’s intentions are not only to add them to His kingdom, but to use their gifts and abilities to advance His kingdom and not the kingdom of this world!

About the Author

                                                                                                                          

Patricia Stuart is a wife, mother of two, and grandmother of four. While continuing to remain in the home after rearing children, she often engaged in arts and crafts, music ministry, and writing, which she continues to do today. Her books can be found on Amazon. Patricia’s past of neglect and abuse has turned out to be a testimony of what God can do in the life of all who surrender to Him. Her story has become her ministry. She has traveled throughout the states as an inspirational speaker, sharing the love of God with young girls, women’s groups, conferences, and gatherings. She also shares internationally via Zoom. God has developed her artistic abilities, allowing her works of art to be seen in local and international galleries.

Website: http://www.patriciastuartnspires.com

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