Straight Talk from Straight Kids

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 12, 1998

By GEOFFREY MICHEL / L’Observateur / October 12, 1998

I recently read a story about a quadriplegic Joni Eareckson Tada. After shewas nominated to serve on a national committee, she had to undergo an investigation which included being fingerprinted. The only problem wasthat the agent found it impossible to fingerprint her. Confused, she askedif this was a common problem. The agent explained that the only peoplewithout prints are people who never use their hands. He went on to addthat carpenters, bricklayers, typists, homemakers and anyone else who uses their hands a lot would have good prints. It reminds me of theexpression, “Use it or lose it.”That story really speaks a lot to me because I have many goals for my life.

No matter what profession I go into I want to make a positive impact on other people’s lives. I realize that the only way this will be possible is touse the gifts that God has place in me. I can work hard and pray hard andalways look for ways to bless and serve others. I want God to use me as Igo through this life, leaving behind evidence that points to Jesus.

A person without fingerprints leaves no marks, no prints, no evidence of where they have been. And a person who is lazy and doesn’t use the giftsGod has placed in them will not leave any marks in this life.

My prayer for my generation is that we will live up to our full potential and use all of our abilities to serve God and others.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact me, Jeoffrey Michel, at or at P.O. Box 1493, LaPlace, La. 70069

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