Every Wednesday, I’ll post about multiple intelligences so we can better understand children and why they do what they do.

The Sunday before Christmas, I attended a concert because my brother was part of the orchestra. It was amazing and definitely one of the most fun concerts I’ve ever attended.

The concert provided a beautiful example of multiple intelligences as the performers were exceptionally talented.

Picture two men and two women on four grand pianos backed up by an orchestra and choir. One of the pianists also played the full organ on some of the songs.

I’m not sure a wrong note was played all night. Eight hands flowed over the black and white keys in perfect rhythm. The pianists smiled and appeared to be having a fun time.

I smiled when reading the program notes. All four pianists began playing when young: 4, 7, 7, and 9. One led her church in worship on the piano when she was just 14. Another did the same when she was 15. The organist played in worship, just one year after starting private lessons, at age 16.

The parents of these adults sacrificed to provide private lessons when their children were young. I doubt they imagined their children would entertain hundreds and glorify God with their talent many, many years later.

We don’t know what the future holds for our children and they don’t know either. By exposing children to a variety of experiences and opportunities, their smarts can be awakened. Then strengths can be developed and passions can be born.

Years later, people will be glad.