Our church leaders have always counseled us to make a plan and then work on following it, gradually. This last Sunday, someone in the Sunday class brought up that the commandment to store food and other needs aside during the bountiful years was a spiritual commandment, not a temporal one. It gave me a lot to think about. I had heard that idea before, and let it slip away from me.
I have found it gratifying to see more and more of the younger generation put together their plans and following them. Think of the faith that it shows.
I have always strongly believed that we will be blessed by our obedience to this commandment. I know that Heavenly Father wants to bless us and He is bound by our own actions of obedience or non. The following short story got me thinking about it again. I hope it helps you as it did me in assessing life priorities.
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, "My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all..
"One is Evil - It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
"The other is Good - It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: "Which wolf wins?"
The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."
For over fifty years, I have seemed to spend a lot of my time in the kitchen. First, it was the usual “helping Mommy” whether it was everyday meals or canning. Mom wasn’t really into cooking, so I had to create my own kitchen adventures. As the years went by, I enjoyed it more and more. Fortunately, my family have been pretty good sports about my experiments!
Canning fruit in Utah led to huge gardens as a wife and mother, canning meat when it was too good of a price to pass up . . . Oops! No freezer . . . DUH! Finding that these activities have blessed my family repeatedly led me to this point.
Life experiences, working in a church cannery for three years and serving as cannery specialist two times have brought me to the point of sharing what I have learned. The most important lesson being, keep an open mind and always be ready to learn from others. Be sure to check out the links I have in the side bar of the blog!!!