Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Selwin Drives the Distance

Me with Sister Ali Savory from Vreed-en-Hoop
This week, we traveled for what felt like days. I think I'm car sick if that even is a thing.

This week was one filled with exchanges and meetings and one where we really had no time in our own area to work except for Sunday. That was a stretch in itself but we made it. We drove all the way to New Boston, Texas for exchanges with the elders there on Tuesday, then drove all the way to Clinton, Mississippi on Thursday for a training meeting after getting home on Wednesday afternoon.  Then on our way home we had a flat discovered in El Dorado, Arkansas after dropping off a car for the elders in that area. We had to drive home on the donut tire at 50 mph. Glad I wasn't driving. On Saturday, we had exchanges with the Brownlee elders.  It went well, not to mention hours of planning.  It was crazy but awesome. 

Me with my bro's Mughal, Hatch and Hill
Sunday was super awesome as we got the opportunity to hear members bare their testimonies. They were good and the spirit was so strong. But it was during my studies this week I came across a quote which has been on my mind all this while.  It was from a talk by President Harold B.Lee about Peter lifting the man at the gate by the hand (Acts 3: 6-8).

He said: "You cannot lift another soul until you are standing on higher ground than he is. You must be sure, if you would rescue the man, you yourself are setting the example of what you would have him be. You cannot light a fire in another soul unless it is burning in your own soul.”

I had never thought about that before but it just rang through to me.  It really makes me think of why we are asked to be examples of the believers. Simply put, if we are in the same boat as those we are trying to help we can't help them because we haven't jumped out of the boat, as yet.  We, ourselves, still need to get out. But when we make it out we will know of a surety how we can help them.  The gospel of Jesus Christ is a beautiful gift.  Let us use it everyday and everywhere. The time does not matter for it will strengthen us and bless our lives and the lives of those we are trying to strengthen, of that I am sure.

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