What Ben doesn't know is that he would be a natural at flute or saxophone. Or writing, or cooking, or languages.
How does Ben know exactly WHAT it is he is born for and given talent for?
Great question Gail. This must be the longing of every parent.
I think we could agree that God knows all Ben's strengths and liabilities, and that true talents come from God (to be returned, with interest). The parent(s) should be on guard to watch for innate abilities and lend a guiding hand.
Many parents long for a child's success in this world, more than they long for eternal results.
Will Mozart be in heaven? What was his influence upon others?
What thoughts preoccupied Mary & Joseph?