Who Says… We Have To Be Good At Everything?

Part of the series Who says…?
Written by Léo Gaumont, published on 2014-11-17.

We cannot be good at everything, but we can be good at what we do best.

Building on a foundation that God is, that He created the universe and that He ultimately is responsible for our children’s being, should provide ample substance upon which to build our faith. This lengthy series will identify the secular thinking that has eroded that faith.

Bible Reference: 1 Cor. 10:31

Every once in a while we run into a person who really shines! They seem to be good at everything they do, so much so, we are left impressed and disappointed. Impressed by how they make things look so easy and disappointed in our inability to do as well. However, let us restate that we run into these type of people every once in a while, meaning that they are a rather rare example of humanity. Yet, even those who appear to be good at everything are usually also very good at avoiding the things they are not good at, which leaves us with the impression of their being good at everything. Most people are really good at some things and not that good or very bad at others. Some are more talented than others. Some are gifted in an area while others are not. Some are intelligent and others feeble minded. Some are wise while most are not. To each is given a measure of faith, but what is this measure?

God creates all of us uniquely. He does not make mistakes and He does not favor some over others. Every human being is a special creation of God and every one is loved equally by Him. He has one simple rule that applies to all in every way. Simply put, to whom much has been given is much expected. Christians may refer to this expectation as the “don’t bury your talent” doctrine.

The world obviously has a different perspective of this situation. Starting on a foundation of Godlessness, the world believes that man is simply the product of his genes. Some genes are better than others and so those who are better able should be better survivors in a cold blooded battle called the survival of the fittest. This is the foundation upon which school is built. Since there are inherent weaknesses and strengths in people, it becomes the school’s job to fix weaknesses in order to make them strengths while largely ignoring the strengths. Upgrading weaknesses while downgrading strengths can only result in the mediocrity schools are best known for.

If God made your child to be good at music, they will excel at it. If not, they won’t! We can’t all be musicians, even if we pay professionals to teach our children to play. Those who are gifted in music will demonstrate it while the others will prove they are intelligent enough to do it, not because they are good at it or like it, but because they love their mothers, and will likely quit at the first opportunity. There are voracious readers and those who read when they have to. There are those who have math phobias while others are math magicians. While we all demonstrate strengths and weaknesses in various ways, none can truly be good at everything. Unlike the school, we should encourage our children to soar with their strengths while helping them to manage their weaknesses.

Who says we have to be good at everything? An unrealistic world. A world that does not believe in God will not understand that gifts and talents are God given to make us unique and to keep us humble. It is this broken world that sees students as fixable and while desiring them all to be the same, they attempt to make them good at everything, causing most of them to focus on their weaknesses instead of their strengths.

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