When Joseph is called to Pharaoh to interpret his dreams he tells Pharaoh that he cannot interpret the dreams but that God could help him.
Discuss with your children:
- Who is responsible for our talents?
- Is it important to give credit to others?
- Make a list of reasons that Joseph would not take credit for interpreting Pharaoh’s dream.
- Do you believe that you can do anything if you really try?
- Make a list of things that you could most likely do if you really try.
- Make a list of things that you don’t think you would be able to do well even if you really tried and practiced a lot.
- Make a graph of each of your talents. Divide the graph between your natural talent, the amount that your skills come from training, from instruction, etc.
- Draw an outline of yourself. Use different colors to denote your different talents and what part of your body they use. Make a key on the side so that others will be able to identify each talent. (For example color your arm blue and on the side mark that blue is your talent to throw a ball.)
- Create a billboard or flyer giving credit to God for what many people call “natural talent”.
- None of Pharaoh’s advisors could interpret his dreams. Joseph, who very much wanted out of prison, did not take credit for being able to interpret dreams. Make a list of things in your life that you can do easily but other people have a hard time doing.
- Do you accredit these things to God or something else? Explain.
- Write a story about someone who believes that their talent is totally a result of their ability.
- Write the same story but this time have your character give credit for his ability also to other people and/or God.
- We must work to develop a talent. Even if you believe that your talent comes from God, as Joseph did, you still have to work to perfect it and of course if you have a talent that you don’t use it isn’t worth much. Write a thank you card or poem to someone who has helped you develop a talent.
- Joseph accepted that his ability to interpret dreams came from God. Write a thank you card or poem to God for giving you a talent.