Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;
For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.
We had a Sunday School lesson this week about a verse in Isaiah that I keep thinking about. Enlarge our tents. Stretch forth our curtains. Spare not. Lengthen our cords. Strengthen our stakes.
How do I apply that to my life right now? Enlarge my world to include others outside of my world? Am I mindful of my circle of influence? Stretch forth my curtains to encompass and protect and comfort others? Lengthen my cords to provide strength to those who may waiver or fall? Are my stakes planted deeply enough to withstand wind and sand storms or what ever is blown into my life? Am I in a position or state of mind to find needs and fill them?
Most of all I am thinking of the words: Spare not. Am I giving all I can? That one stops me. How can I share more? How can I diminish my wants and needs so that I have more available to share? When hard things are asked of me, do I give willingly? I have made sacred covenants with my Father in Heaven to share all that I have and am to help build His kingdom on earth. Am I doing that? What am I holding back? How can I learn to give more freely, as I have freely received?
Joseph Smith, a Prophet of God said, “A man filled with the love of God is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race.” (History of the Church 4:227)
He also said, “We are to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to provide for the widow, to dry the tears of the orphan, to comfort the afflicted, whether in this church, or in any other, or no church at all.” (Times and Seasons, 15 March 1842)
Marion G. Romney, another inspired leader said, “There is an interdependence between those who have and those who have not. The process of giving exalts the poor and humbles the rich. In this process, both are sanctified.” (General Conference, Welfare Report 2 October 1982)
I can do more. I can be better. I can share more. I can spare not.