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“Math is not my thing. But wow!” Susie whistled. “The teenager who’s helping me with outside chores today is taking geometry in school. Even my pet schnauzer is better than me in math! What a win-win! I’ll just get the boy to figure out how to build this school carnival project with his math! I haven’t been around those formulas since the time of cave painting!”
As the senior presented the teen with a plate full of cookies, she explained, “We need to figure out the angles for the front of this booth. It will be a narrow triangle – like a short, fat, Christmas tree. This is the way I want it to look. Just mark the angles on the wood and I’ll cut it with a power saw. Can you do that?”
”Yup!” he answered confidently.
But ten minutes later when Susie checked on her helper, the teen thinker was still sitting beside the wood pieces, pencil behind his ear, in front of a plate of crumbs. So much for brain food.
“I haven’t figured out the angles yet,” he explained.
Another ten minutes. A few brownies. More thinking. Chocolate crumbs. No angles.
Susie finally directed him to another task, which he did quickly. When she privately shared the teen’s progress with his parents, his father quipped, “Nick and math? You’re kidding.”
“I didn’t think anyone was worse than me,” Susie admitted.
Out of earshot of their son, both parents laughed and responded, “You think? But he’s getting better and is outstanding at a lot of other things.”
Nick and Susie both were angle and formula challenged on the carnival booth. But in other skills, they excelled. That is just the way God made each of us.
Author of 1 Chronicles, Ezra, recounted his words of encouragement to Solomon, “You have many workmen: stonecutters, masons, and carpenters as well as men skilled in every type of work in gold and silver, bronze and iron—craftsmen beyond number. Now begin the work, and the Lord be with you.”
How many of those skilled craftsmen might excel at fixing chariots, public speaking, cooking, or self defense? Maybe none.
Still, the key idea remains: “Now begin the work, and the Lord be with you.” Whatever you do, do the best each day with each task. For the one worth pleasing with your work above all others is God. He gives you the skills, the experience and the “Honey do list.”
And like Nick and Susan, your skill for figuring angles is not as good as the pet schnauzer, let God lead you to other areas of your talent and skills. He loves you as you are and for who he wants you to become.
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and 3 books all on Amazon. Her recent Give Us This Day Our Daily Grin – A Fun-Lovers Guide to Spiritual Living and Growing in print and e-book on Amazon Kindle and other e-formats Smashwords. Another new release is Bring on the Blessings of Baskets ~ Easy, Fast, Personalized and Outreach Ministry Gifts. Amazon . Jo lives in northeast Arizona and enjoys writing humorous blogs on www.lifelettercafe.com.]