The Shape of Your Life
By Lois Parker Edstrom
Objects suggested: Large colorful cut-outs of a circle, triangle, and square.
Let’s talk about shapes. I’ll show you some examples. Here is a shape that is a continuous rounded line. Do you know what it is? Yes, a circle.
This shape has three sharp points. What is it? Yes, a triangle.
Now a shape that has four sides connected to each other and all the sides are the same length. Yes, this is a square.
There are many other shapes as well, but these three are the most common and we see by looking at them that each one is unique and recognizable. You can’t mistake a circle for a square.
Your life also has a shape. You have a unique gift that is yours alone. It is something that you love to do and are able to do well. That is called your talent; you may have more than one. Your talent or talents shape your life.
Jesus tells a story in the Bible about three people who were given an amount of money. Two of the people used the money well and made it increase while the other person hid his money in a hole in the ground where it did no good and did not increase.
This story teaches us the importance of using what we have (our gifts or talents) so that what we have will increase and be a blessing to others.
As you grow older discover what it is you love to do above all else and follow your dreams. If you love to dance or make music, practice, practice, practice and then share your talent with others.
Your talent may be that you are kind and helpful or that you have a strong body and excel at sports or that you love animals and are good at caring for them. There are endless choices.
Your life is shaped by your talents and how you use them. Choose well and bless others with your gifts.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2008, Richard Niell Donovan