Legos, Spaghetti Jars, and the Parable of the Talents

William has skills with legos. Mad skills. I’m not trying to make you feel totally inadequate about your son, but it’s just the truth. Think Bobby Fisher with a chess set. That’s my boy with a bucket of blocks. You aren’t going to take my word for it, and I wouldn’t expect you to, so here are a few recent sculptures for your consideration:

Kids in a Pool

Man Whose Head Caught on Fire

Girl Eating Chicken Leg with Wrench

Hand Popping Out of a Grave

Point made? That’s what I thought.

Seriously, though, my son, my daughter, your kids, you, your parents, every nurse who ever took your temperature and every school teacher who ever corrected a comma splice in your thesis with a red ink pen – everyone has talent. Everyone.

About a month ago, the children at our church began reading and discussing “The Parable of the Talents” in Matthew 25. In this story, you may recall, three servants are entrusted by their master with a specific number of talents (i.e. money). The man had the slaves watch his wealth for him while he was out of town, basically. Anyway, he thought more highly of some of these guys than others, because the three servants were given different amounts of gold.

The servants to whom he’d entrusted the larger sums, they invested the money wisely. When the master got home from his trip, they presented him with even more gold than they’d been given. Those guys each got a big pat on the back, an atta boy, and the privilege of greater responsibility. The servant who’d been given the smallest sum had hidden the gold out of fear. He didn’t lose it, but he didn’t do a very good job with it either – wasn’t a good steward of the money. He ultimately lost the responsibility he’d been given – had to give his gold to one of the more industrious servants.

The gist of the parable, and what my brilliant friend Krista has been teaching the kids at church, is that no matter what you’re able to do, you’re to do it for God. God has entrusted in you talents and resources, skills and abilities, and you’re to use them according to His will. You are to serve God by serving others with your talents.

Each child at church was given $10.00. The children were then asked to consider their talents and use them to multiply the money they’d been given.

William made about a dozen Lego Christmas ornaments. He even turned the “Hand Popping Out of a Grave” construction into an ornament, despite his father’s insistence that “popping out of the grave might be more appropriate around Easter.” Anyway, check them out:


And of course I think my daughter is gloriously talented as well. She wanted to make lanterns with some cleaned-out spaghetti and pickle jars I’d been hoarding in the garage, and while she is not normally my go-to person for breakables, wire cutters, electric scissors and a fire source, I’ve got to give credit where credit is due, because these things are gorgeous!


The kids, mine and others, sold their wares at a “Mission Market” held at church today, and it sounds like they well-exceeded their goal of increasing their money 10 fold. I look forward to hearing the final count. And I have to be honest, I look forward to getting the dining room table back.

Let me know if you’d like to make a donation for an ornament or lantern. And I’m sorry, but Aunt Michele called dibs on “Hand Popping Out of a Grave.”


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