What is the Bible�s perspective on giftedness? Volume 57, Program 24 1/20/2005
Whether a child is diagnosed as gifted or not, he has the same responsibility to use his talents for God's glory. Today on Home School Heartbeat, Inge Cannon describes how parents can encourage their gifted children to honor God in every aspect of their lives.
So, what is the Bible's perspective on the responsibilities and opportunities of giftedness?
First of all, I like the way my dad used to approach this. He used to say, "It is your responsibility before God, be you male, be you female, be you gifted, whatever, it is your responsibility before God to develop all of your gifts, all of your talents, as fully as you possibly can." It's the responsibility of stewardship to do all that you can with the resources that you're given, much like the steward in the Bible who was to multiply his talents by using them in a wise way. Now parents have an important role in that even if they delegate some areas of training in that. They must supervise that that training is done in a way that will not promote arrogance in that child and that that child will keep the heart of a servant while he is developing excellence. Jesus said whoever would be the greatest among you should be the servant of all. And that needs to be the expression of our training.
And I like to believe that God in his sovereign providence places each of us at the time where we are supposed to be, and we need to look for the opportunities to express our gifts in ways that build his kingdom.
Inge, that's very good advice. I'm Mike Smith.
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For more information on gifted and talented children, visit the website of Education PLUS, Inge Cannon's speaking and publishing ministry.
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