We aren’t born knowing who we are. On day 1, we have no idea what gifts God has woven into our tiny beings. As we grow, we discover ourselves.
Parents knows this. “My firstborn is a natural leader. She rearranges the world to fit whatever game she’s playing. My second delights in exploration, discovering worms and caterpillars in the yard. My third is happiest on the soccer field in the company of his friends.”
Mothers and fathers never stop looking into the faces of their children, even when the years weave gray into our temples. Wise parents know each child comes unique, a gift of God’s creation.
You are created
You are a gift of God’s creation. Endowed by our Creator, nurtured in his love, an expression of his glory. But who are you?
How do we come to understand the nuances of our own personalities? The passions that stir us to action? The gifts we bring into relationships?
And how do we come to know our limitations? The gifts we don’t have? The talents that elude us? The situations that weary us?
Unwrapped over time
We both live and reflect on the living.
At nineteen, our firstborn looks back on her life. She remembers arranging tea parties with her stuffed animals, insisting that her parents and brothers join in her game. She recalls that at twelve, when the teacher assigned her to a group project, she was the one who organized the students’ work. She assigned the roles and responsibilities. She made sure the project got done.
At thirteen she realized she hated homework. At seventeen, she took a job cleaning offices and hated that, too. Working alone made her crazy.
You, become clear
By eighteen, she already knows a good deal about herself; she loves to lead and organize. She delights in getting tasks accomplished. She doesn’t like to be alone, and prefers to live and work with others.
She’s well on her way to knowing who she is and what gifts she brings into the world.