Often when my five-year-old goes to bed, I tell him a made up story that includes some sort of lesson that a five-year-old needs to hear. In that same sense, I often think of the story of the butter knife and the screwdriver in relation to finding your calling in life. I guess this is a story for people a little older than five, but bear with me.
I may be a bit of a storyteller, but I am not a handyman. On more than one occasion when trying to turn a small screw in, I'll reach for a butter knife instead of going downstairs to get the straight blade screwdriver. Sure, it sometimes works, although not very well, but if like in my childhood stories, the butter knife and screwdriver could talk I think they'd say something like this:
Butter Knife - " This is painful work. I sure don't enjoy this. Sure, I can do it, but it is not what I was made for. I want to spread butter or cut bread because that is what I love to do and what I'm best at doing."
Screwdriver - "I am bored to death watching the butter knife get all the fun. I was made to turn that screw in and I would love to be doing it. Come on storyteller, use me, use me."
Ok, so what's this silly story all about? It is about our children who need to understand how they were made before they jump in and pursue a field of study or career that might lead them to sound like our two story characters. God made each of our children for specific purposes. He crafted them with certain gifts, personality mixes, life experiences and desires to do things unique to their individuality. He has a plan and purpose for each person that is indicated partially through the way He designed them. So often our children can feel forced by outward pressures like needing to "make money" or "impress others" to pursue a direction in life that will set them up to be an unfulfilled butter knife or screw driver because they aren't pursuing what God has made them for and called them to. A great tool to assess some of how God designed your teen can be found at th e link below. There are other assessments online as well. It doesn't take much time to take a career interest test which will ask a series of questions and then, based on your answers, suggest career paths that may be right for your teen. These assessments are a great way to at least start a great discussion with your student about their future.
At Eagle Heights Christian school, we are very concerned with helping our high school students find their unique God-design and partnering with parents to point their children in the right career path direction.