Originally posted October 30, 2018 (the little one was 4 month-old): The little one is exploring his natural abilities. His exploration and milestones keep me in awe of God. He is now able to crawl backward, roll from back to tummy and vice versa, sit with support, make a lot of baby sounds and consciously laugh out loud. He has reached these milestones without learning from another baby. There were times he failed in his attempts to reach some milestones but he never gave up. The little one didn’t think ‘maybe this rolling over thing is not for me, I quit!’. He cried after failing several times but he didn’t give up.
There were few times his father and I intervened to help him accomplish his ‘back to tummy’ goal but most times we left him to sort things out himself. He is now a professional when it comes to rolling over and crawling backward. The little one’s face lights up and my joy overflows each time he succeeds. His ability to roll over gives him the wonderful ability to see things from different angles.
As I reflect on the little one’s milestones, his God-given natural abilities, his periods of frustration and his relentless nature; I am reminded of my need to grow and utilize my spiritual gifts. My eyes have been opened to the fact that I have untapped natural and spiritual abilities. I have a new urge to discover and maximize all that God has deposited in me. I want to be like those faithful servants who ensured the master’s talents and gifts were invested and multiplied.
Like the little one, I must stay hungry to discover all my God-given abilities. I must not give up when challenges arise. I must keep rolling so I can see all angles and fulfill God’s plan for my life.
Matthew 25:14-30 English Standard Version (ESV): The Parable of the Talents