I faintly recall hearing this talk years ago (Five Loaves and Two Fishes by James E. Faust), & enjoyed hearing it again! (https://www.lds.org/study/general-conference/1994/04/five-loaves-and-two-fishes?l=)
At the risk of sounding prideful, after listening to this talk, I felt like this talk (in a way) described me currently. Let me explain: I know I was very troubled after my stroke, feeling like I had previously been blessed with all these talents that were “taken away” by my stroke…& I wondered, “had I not used them properly, so they had to be taken away?”
However, despite these troubling thoughts, I also came to know that this was a trial that I needed in order to fulfill the mission that I was sent here to do, & as time has gone by, I have seen how those talents (that were there pre-stroke), have oddly been helpful in many ways now (by building certain muscles, increased knowledge in ways that would later benefit me, & by building brain pathways that would allow me to regain certain abilities later). These previous talents were not “lost”. They have aided me in becoming who I am today. I do not feel like any years (or money, dad!) were “wasted” by being a singer, dancer, actress, teacher, mother, reader, horse lover, or even a milk drinker (Ha! Ha!) I have seen how every one of those things has helped me in my stroke recovery today. & even though I don’t have much to give now, I continue to have opportunities & people placed in my life so that the Lord has been able to make a lot more out of my life than I could ever do alone.
Dear sweet Jenny; your comment of “even though I don’t have much to give now” hurts my heart. You just don’t see how your strength and courage has helped buoy up so many of us who know of you. I have been hit with a lot of hard challenges lately, some physical, some with family, but your fortitude in the face of overwhelming challenges encourages and inspires me. You are a hero to more people than you know.
” your comment of “even though I don’t have much to give now” hurts my heart.” I assure u, I just mean physically! 🙂
Hi girlfriend! It’s been a while since we’ve talked. I love reading your posts – you never cease to amaze me how much you continue to grow and change! I have only one complaint – I don’t agree with your comment that you don’t have much to give now! You may be able to give less physically, but you more than make up for it in all that you give spiritually, emotionally, inspirationally, mentally, and intellectually! Your post-stroke talents that you have shaped and honed over the years have reached probably just as many people around the world and possibly many more, than all you did before your stroke!! Never, ever sell yourself short on this! And I know this is not just my opinion – I dare say all who know you (and even those who don’t but read your blog) would agree with me on this! So consider yourself corrected! Love you, girl!
I had a feeling u’d respond, as u were still my helper back when I was still wondering this…
“You may be able to give less physically, but you more than make up for it in all that you give spiritually, emotionally, inspirationally, mentally, and intellectually!”
That is the exact point, though! I believe I have more to give in those areas now, because the Lord has strengthened me in other ways…but I am even physically stronger in ways that He has made possible, so that I can even type on here, & share what He has done for me! I assure u, I am not selling myself short, just giving credit where credit is due!
Got it! Yah, I guess I misunderstood. Thanks for letting me know. Love you!