Enough and Some to Spare
Emily Freeman provided a fantastic talk on Saturday. I figured if I'm sharing my notes (and I have many many pages of notes) I could do it in any order I pleased. :P
Emily shared the following story by Tom Dewey: "...... a ship lost at sea for many days suddenly sighted a friendly vessel. From the mast of the unfortunate vessel was seen a signal: "Water, water. We die of thirst." The answer from the friendly vessel at once came back: "Cast down your bucket where you are." A second time, the signal, "Water, send us water!" went up from the distressed vessel. And was answered: "Cast down your bucket where you are." A third and fourth signal for water was answered: "Cast down your bucket where you are." The captain of the distressed vessel, at last heeding the injunction, cast down his bucket and it came up full of fresh, sparkling water from the mouth of the Amazon River."
We are like this ship. In some area of our life we are thirsting for something and need it terribly. We often don't realize that just beyond our 'vessel' there is an abundance of what we require, enough and some to spare. Perhaps we just need someone to invite us in the right direction.
3 little words can change your life: PERSONAL scripture study. Personal being the most important word.
She shared a story about going to a farmers market with $5 to spend. She found a piece of wood with the word ABUNDANCE carved into it for $4. She purchased it and brought it back to her home to display.
John 6 - The story of the loaves and fishes can teach us great lessons regarding ABUNDANCE.
The following are 4 principles of abundance.
MAKE THE MOST OF WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE
- we need to recognize everyday miracles in our lives
- think about our circle of influence, in our callings, our jobs, our communities, our children's schools and bloom where we are planted.
- be grateful. Think about what others sacrifice on our behalf, what blessings others receive through serving us and others.
- get out of your comfort zone
- give up your seat - or your day
- "be there" principle. Sometimes we may not know what to say, but we can be there. She shared a story of her YW leader that was going to have a baby. All the girls were so excited about the baby coming. They would ask everyday, "Did Susan have her baby?" One day the answer was "yes, but the baby was stillborn." She didn't know what that meant but knew it wasn't good. She ran home and told her mother, "Susan had her baby and it was born stillborn." Her mother raced to the hospital needing to see her friend. She had no idea what to say, and when she arrived the door was closed and the room was dark. She could have left, but this girls mother felt prompted to come. Instead she opened the door, climbed into bed with her friend and the two cried together for a long space of time. Later, Susan's husband Steve came to her home and expressed that whatever she had done for his wife was appreciated, it was just what she needed. The "be there" principle was returned a few weeks later when the mom of this teenage girl discovered her son had been hit by a school bus. No one could reach the Dad. The mother was overcome with frantic worry for her son. She made it to the scene of the accident and took the ambulance with her son to the hospital. When the doors of the ambulance opened her neighbor Steve stood there waiting. He was there by her side until her husband was able to be there.
- She shared the story of her sons diagnosis with diabetes. How he was in the hospital when the diagnosis came and needles began. He returned home and somehow thought the needles would be stopping. When Mom pulled out the pack of supplies to give him his first needle at home he was so angry at her. He said he hated her, and pinched her cheeks as hard as he could as she administered the shot. She didn't fight him, as she felt inside, "I'm hurting him, it's only fair that he hurts me back." This began a year of adversity for this family. She sunk into a deep depression. Her husband would ask, "when are you coming back" She had no answer at the time.
- She discovered the only person who could understand, who could help her heal, who could recognize what she needed was Jesus Christ. Prayer was something that got her through the day, she would even find herself looking forward to her nightly prayers because she knew the peace would come and she would be comforted.
- Matthew 11: 28-30
- Philippians 4:11 - learn to be content in whatever circumstance you are in.
- In the story of the loaves and fishes it is important to recognize that it all began with a young lad who had packed a lunch. Maybe his mother packed it, maybe he did, the fact is he was prepared. Barley loaves and fish were the standard fare of the poor at the time. Did anyone complain about the food? Did people declare, "but I don't like barely bread" and "fish, yuck!" What made the difference was the Savior.
- he is the giver of every good gift
- through him we can recognize that we have "enough, and some to spare"