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Topic: Craft (as in handcraft) (02/08/07)
- TITLE: Talents
By Jessica Lister
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“Well it could be if you just gave it a chance. You’ll never know unless you try.” Said Brian.
“When will you people leave me alone? I’ve already told off your little friend over there.” I say as I point toward a geeky looking girl complete with square glasses, pig tails and bright pink braces.
“She’s helping me recruit people.” He says. I watch her a moment as she tries to pass out flyers, undetermined by the fact that no one will take them. I almost feel sorry for her for a second.
“I’m not really interested in this whole Bible club thing, so if you don’t mind, I’m going to be late for class.” I say as I try to get passed him, but he blocks my path.
“Why not? You have fun at youth group.”
“It’s different there okay.” I say with a sigh. I go to leave before he says anymore.
“Is it because your friends aren’t there?” He asks. I stop and take a deep breath.
“Why do you care?” I ask slightly annoyed at his persistence.
“Your friends don’t know, do they Stacy? They don’t know where you really go Friday nights, do they?” I start to take deeper breaths trying to remain calm.
“No Brian, they don’t.” I say looking down as I try to pull a stray piece of string of my jacket. He looks straight at me with his big green eyes full of compassion. “I’ll tell them when I’m ready.” I say. “Fine I might make an appearance today.” I grab one of his flyers, so he’ll stop looking at me. I walk away as his mouth fills with one of his big dorky grins.
It’s 3:30 as I walk over to the empty French room, careful not to run into any of my friends. I take another deep breath as I pull the handle and enter the class room. The room is semi- filled with kids, all of different social classes, mixing around. I go find a seat somewhat more distant then that of everyone else’s. Brian takes his place at the front of the room and introduces me to everyone.
It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, I actually somewhat enjoyed it.
“I have one more announcement.” he calls out as everyone re-directs their attention back to him. He talks about some fair coming up, but I don’t pay much attention to it.
He dismisses us and everyone gets up to leave, and so do I, but I’m called to come back.
“Come back Stacy, I want to talk to you for a second.” Brian calls out after me.
“What’s up?” I ask.
“This.” He says as he holds up a poster of the fair he was talking about it. It’s about using your talents to worship God.
“What about it?”
“Well I was kind of hoping you’d enter it. You’re the most creative person I know. You were always the best at arts & crafts.”
“What’s your point?” He goes in the back and re-emerges with a couple rolls of duct tape, all of different colors and hands them to me.
“Do something creative.” He tells me.
I end up sitting in my room thinking of what to do. I look around at all the things I’ve made over the years, purses, wallets, pants, dresses. I get an idea and instantly waste no time as I pull out the rolls Brian gave me.
The next day I find him by his locker, grab him, and pull him into an empty classroom.
I pull out a wallet, purse, and Bible holder, all made out of the tape, each with a dove in the right hand corner.
“See Stacy, everyone has a talent.” He says as he examines the things I made.
“I still don’t get what this has to do with worshipping God.”
“You can worship God with whatever you do, even your talents. You think you can make some more of this stuff?”
“No problem.” I say with a smile.
“There you are Stacy we’ve been-. What are you doing with Bible geek over there?”
I look over at him and say “I’m ready to tell them now.”
He smiles, picks up his bag and leaves.
“We need to talk.” I say.
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