Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Bearenstein Bears Lesson #1

Would you believe it if I told you that I learned a valuable lesson this morning while my kids were watching a half hour episode of the Bearenstein Bears?

Well yes I did, you see in this episode the school was getting ready for a talent show and the teacher saw that Brother Bear wasn't thrilled about this because he felt he didn't have a talent so the teacher gave him the task of being the talent scout for the show.

So Brother Bear proceeded to go along the hallways of the school looking for talent in others and encouraging them to perform the talent at the show. Through doing that Brother Bear in my opinion found he had a talent for encouraging others in their talent instead of being so wrapped up in what he couldn't do.

So often in life I find myself looking at people with obvious talents like a great singing voice, or acting ability and wish that I could do that. Life can pass me by as I sit there looking at someone else wishing I had the talent they had, when all along maybe I should just encourage someone else in their talent instead of feeling threatened by it, as if what I have to offer is worth any less. My talent may not be an obvious one but none the less I can choose to be thankful for what I have been given or waste my time wishing for a different one.

I truly believe that God has given each of us a gift and even though I may not know exactly what that is for me today and what direction I should take, I will do my best to encourage those around me in their gifting while waiting for discovery and direction in my own :)

So there it is a great lesson learned from a most unexpected place, The Bearenstein Bears.


ValleyGirl said...

So there you go ~ kids TV really CAN be good for something!!! (other than keeping them out of your hair, that is!! Oh wait, that's probably just me who uses it that way...)

Maybe more of us would find our own gifts if we would spend more time focusing on others and encouraging them to use theirs rather than constantly just searching for our own.

Kathy and Carl said...

Good lesson. Maybe I should watch more kids t.v?! I think that it's always beneficial to look outward than inward when looking for gifts. If you are so focused on yourself, then you miss others, but then don't let anyone else discover yours.

LiLi said...

I knew you would come around and finally see my singing talent...HAHAHA!!! So message is so true though....ties in with the speaker at the women's conference. Encourage each other rather then be against each other. I know that when I am in the shower on the cruise you will appreciate my amazing singing even if you don't say anything ;)

Colleen said...

Ohhhhh. . . good one! I can totally relate. . .love the lesson.

Mike said...

That's why we have a bookshelf-full of the Bearenstein Bears.


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Roo said...

k...i LOVE bernstein bears. they teach me important stuff soooo often.