I taught Relief Society yesterday. When I first got the lesson schedule I was so excited to get to discuss President Eyring's talk "Help Them Aim High" for my first lesson. Jamie had it playing in the car shortly after general conference. I listened for a while, taken in by all President Eyring was saying, then mentioned to Jamie that I didn't remember it, and was told it was a priesthood talk. Lucky guys again! I think I printed it the moment we got home so I could read and think about it, and even used it for my November visiting teaching lesson.
I love teaching. The study is different knowing that you'll be presenting the information, and I walk into the class knowing that the insight I get from others will expand my learning even more.
The basic gist of the talk is that being individuals with individual missions to fulfill in life, we are blessed with different spiritual gifts to help us in that. Not only do we need seek to recognize our own gifts, we need to recognize the gifts that others have, especially our children, and help them to "see, want, and believe they can achieve their full potential for service in God's kingdom."
President Eyring talks very specifically about how he did that for each of his children. Through his other talks you can tell he's a great, caring man, but it was wonderful to see the special love and time he gives to his children and grandchildren. A great example.
Something that was specifically brought up and clarified during the discussion was that he wasn't helping his children discover these gifts as part of their future occupation, but as ways they can bless others in service. Seeking after those gifts will certainly strengthen who you are, though, and would bless your life in a variety of other ways, including occupation. He never once mentions his children's occupations, but does share ways his children used their gifts in service.
Studying this has helped me to think more about how I can help my kids "aim high." Thank goodness President Eyring says we don't have to carve to do it. This talk reminded me of something my aunt and uncle did for their family. Another beautiful way - no carving. :)
I've been watching my children more, and if nothing else, pointing out to them things that I see. I've never been given anything concrete like a height board or framed scripture from someone regarding what they see in me, but I've had a few people here and there in my life mention things they see in me, even quickly in casual conversation, that I didn't realize. It's hard to really see yourself, though, don't you think? Or even if I think I might have some gift, it's nice to know that someone else recognizes it too. When I realize someone sees that in me, it's easier to focus on developing that more, which is why it's so important to recognize those things in others, especially our children.
Anyone want to discuss it more? So many good things in there to talk about.