The other day I was taking my friend to the airport and she asked how my kids were doing. I told her that my son was excited to start up guitar lessons again after an 18 month hiatus. I explained that several years ago my dad bought the boy his guitar and amp. He was at that age where kids really need to find their “thing” in order to solidify their place in the social arena. So guitar became the boy’s Thing.
My friend then told me a story about a girl she knew who was the middle of 3 sisters. The older sister had a Thing, the younger sister had her Thing, but the middle child couldn’t find her Thing. So her mother started teaching her how to cook, grocery shop, and prepare meals. Cooking became her Thing. It was so much her Thing that the other sisters truly believed they were not smart enough to cook and it wasn’t their Thing. The sisters didn’t learn to cook until they were adults.
So we had this whole conversation about Things and we understood each other perfectly. Everyone needs to find their Thing in life. Sometimes we need a wise parent or grandparent to offer direction and encouragement in finding our talents and interests. Sometimes it takes a youth pastor or a mentor or a teacher to breathe inspiration into a young life. So my question for you is, Who was the person who inspired you to discover your talents or develop your interests? Have you thanked them lately? Sometimes we aren’t even aware of all the people we inspire and it’s a pleasant surprise to receive a Thank You for an example well lived. So do it! Go ahead! Find the person who inspired you and say Thank You. It will mean a lot to them.