Encouraging Eager Hands
A 7 Part Mini-Course
Publish by: Teaching Good Things
Jeff and Kathy Brodock
Nurture God Given Talents
May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us;
establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.
It won’t take long and you will discover that your child has special abilities in certain areas. Nurture that! As they mature, find ways that they can use their God given talents/skills to work and serve others. Buy them toys or tools to help them learn and experiment with what they like to do. Alot of the time it is just a matter of turning them loose and letting them learn things first hand.
When our son was young, he LOVED to go to the thrift store and buy remote controlled cars, bring them home, take them apart and rebuild them. He spent hours and hours doing this. His Christmas and birthday gifts were tools to help him ‘play’ at what his interest was. He loves electronics and electrical challenges. When he was 17 he started apprenticing to be an electrician, in hopes of one day to be a “skilled craftsman”, as it says in Scripture. He will use this to do his life’s work, a part of his calling. THIS is education. He is quickly learning that being an electrician is not just wiring. There are a lot of other tasks that an electrician must do, and it is not always fun, but it is something that must be done to accomplish what he wants to do.
We’ve let our daughters experiment in the kitchen a lot and they are both very good cooks. We’ve let them use things and even ruin some things for the sake of learning and loving to learn. We now reap the benefits of having one daughter that LOVES to cook and one that loves to clean.
Equip them with skills to be frugal and efficient. This is just as important as any academic subject, and in some ways more important. Don’t put learning practical skills on the back burner. They need to be taught everyday. If you don't have those skills yourself seek out resources or other people that can fill in those gaps. Be sure to check our product page to see if there is anything that can help you.
He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as craftsmen, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers— all of them master craftsmen and designers.
Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings;
he will not serve before obscure men.
Next time we will discuss Enjoying the Fruit of Your Labor.
Jeff and Kathy Brodock