Our kindergartener looked down at the bench, then sheepishly into my eyes. “I spilled the rest of my milk.”
“That’s okay. Just clean it up, please.”
Mealtime was nearly over. I turned my attention back to the baby, who was alternating between gumming cooked potatoes and happily spitting them across the table.
Looking up, I saw my father-in-law chuckling and the singular clean-up crew departing.
While I was involved with baby’s spit art, the kindergartener had mopped up some milk with a paper towel. Upon returning to the spill spot, it was obvious that the job was not done. With a bright, “a-ha!” look, he then sat on the remaining milk.
A few well-placed slide movements later and — Viola! In his eyes, the area was squeaky clean. Pronouncing the process “PERFECT”, our boy then skipped off to play with his siblings, leaving a laughing grandfather in his wake.
After all, sometimes there is just a mess, and we use what is available to solve the problem.
A story has been told about President John Taylor, third president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, using his talent of singing to help two men resolve a conflict. Before listening to their case, he asked if he could sing them a hymn. President Taylor was a gifted singer. The men agreed. By the end of the fourth hymn sung, the men were in tears. They felt problem no longer existed. 1
By using his God-given talent AND listening to guidance from the Holy Ghost, President Taylor had been a tool in the Lord’s hands.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7. Footnote b clarifies that “power” in this verse comes from the Holy Ghost.)
Now, was our five-year-old inspired to use his pants as a mop? Probably not, but he certainly used his “sound mind” to solve the problem at hand!