The parable of the talents
My eldest baby spoke about this today. The parable of the talents. Which surprised me because I didn’t know that she knew the story. I am amazed daily by all that she knows. Truly amazed. I shouldn’t be, but I am. I guess I am amazed because the bulk of the stories she knows are from stories she watches on tv.
We try hard to watch with her because some producers let their imagination go wild, even with interpreting bible stories. To make a story sound catchy they will add a couple of spices in addition to the salt they have already added.
My prayer though is always that she just doesn’t parrot things seen and heard somewhere but that she truly understands it all. Growing up, asking questions was not really encouraged, especially when it came to biblical and church teachings. Yes, I put biblical and church separately because unfortunately I have come to learn that sadly church teachings are not always necessarily biblical. Story for another day but the long and short of it is that I want my kids to exercise caution and to think about everything that they are taught be it at school or at church. They should never get caught in ‘we have always done it this way’ conversations that don’t make sense.
So I ask lots of questions, as if I don’t know the story or I have never heard the story. So that I can add or subtract and direct her thoughts if need be.
The story of the parables she told well, the details where a bit sketchy at times, but she got 90% of the story as well as the moral. Which I like.
However, it means my job is just starting. Tomorrow we pick up the bible and read the story together. I think we will do it for the week, more as a reminder and reinforcement than anything.
I think this is the best part of being a mother, the teaching, encouraging and the nurturing. I am still learning my children, their temperaments and deportments. Finding out what their talents are, what they are good at, what they love doing. So I can encourage them and cultivate their interests and they grow loving what they do and being good at it. I would like to guide their thoughts and ways, but I want my guidance to be guided by who God created them to be. I want them to grow up to be the best versions of themselves.