Hola Todos! Como estan?
Not mucho happened this week, so this might be a short email! :P
This week a story that was shared with us a while ago has been on my mind, and I thought I would share it with you all!
Pushing Against the Rock - Unknown
There once was a man who was asleep one night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light and the Saviour appeared to him.
The Lord told him He had a work for him to do, and showed him a large rock explaining that he was to push against the rock with all his might. This the man did, and for many days he toiled from sunup to sundown; his shoulder set squarely against the cold massive surface of the rock, pushing with all his might. Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and worn out, feeling his whole day had been spent in vain.
Seeing that the man showed signs of discouragement, Satan decided to enter the picture - placing thoughts in the man's mind, such as ``Why kill yourself over this?, you're never going to move it!'' or ``Boy, you've been at it a long time and you haven't even scratched the surface!'' etc. giving the man the impression the task was impossible and the man was an unworthy servant because he wasn't moving the massive stone.
These thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man and he started to ease up in his efforts.
"Why kill myself?
"he thought. ``I'll just put in my time putting forth just the minimum of effort and that will be good enough.'' And this he did or at least planned on doing until, one day, he decided to take his troubles to the Lord.
``Lord,'' he said, ``I have labored hard and long in Your service, putting forth all my strength to do that which You have asked of me. Yet after all this time, I have not even budged that rock even half a millimeter. What is wrong? Why am I failing?''
To this the Lord responded compassionately, ``My friend, when long ago I asked you to serve Me and you accepted, I told you to push against the rock with all your strength and that you have done. But never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it. At least not by yourself. Your task was to push. And now you come to Me, your strength spent, thinking that you have failed, ready to quit. But is this really so? Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and muscled; your back sinewed and brown. Your hands are calloused from constant pressure and your legs have become massive and hard. Through opposition you have grown much and your ability now far surpasses that which you used to have. Yet still, you haven't succeeded in moving the rock; and you come to Me now with a heavy heart and your strength spent. I, my friend will move the rock. Your calling was to be obedient and push, and to exercise your faith and trust in My wisdom, and this you have done.''
Hope you enjoyed that story! At times all that we can do is simply push and push. As a missionary, we tend to think that if we don't have any baptisms or investigators, we are failures. But what really matters is if we are doing our part and trying to find them or teach them. I think that is really all the Lord asks of us. :)
So mom asked me to send out a scripture weekly for you guys all to 'poderize' and focus on, and this week I chose:
Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not.
At times we get so caught up in the world that we forget about the one who created the world. We should be turned to him always and rely on him. Think of him, pray to him, love him.
Not much more to really update you guys on! this week was kind of slow!
Oh! Thanks for all the birthday wishes! had a great Birthday! :) Thank you everyone!