Plenty of food and long spoons
One day a man said to God, “God, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.”
God showed the man two doors. Inside the first one, in the middle of the room, was a large round table with a large pot of stew. It smelled delicious and made the man’s mouth water, but the people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful, but because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths.
The man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering. God said, “You have seen Hell.”
Behind the second door, the room appeared exactly the same. There was the large round table with the large pot of wonderful stew that made the man’s mouth water. The people had the same long-handled spoons, but they were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking.
The man said, “I don’t understand.”
God smiled. It is simple, he said, Love only requires one skill. These people learned early on to share and feed one another. While the greedy only think of themselves… [Author unknown]
The role of FHL
The allegory is about hunger and sharing in the ancient days. Unfortunately, this is still true in our days. Thousands of children are going to bed hungry and the elderly are starving. We still have to learn how we can collaborate, assist and help each other.
Faith Hope Love aims to be a catalyst for change by engaging in relationships with food insecure neighbors on their path to self-sufficiency. In order for us to be more effective in what we do, we have focused our geographic area in the surrounding neighborhoods of 46208 – one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Indy. We are actually moving our office at MLK Community Center located at 40 W. 40th St Indianapolis, IN 46208. Someone said, light shines brighter in dark places. This is the main reason why we are moving our office to come alongside the community on their progress toward revitalization.
Bringing heaven on earth
We can see in the allegory that we can change our environment through our approach to life by changing our perspectives and attitudes. If our focus is all about ourselves, we are actually hurting others and ourselves. The Bible tells us that it is better to give than to receive. We can actually bring heaven here on earth by the way we live. Our environment would change and the atmosphere of heaven can cover the land. As the allegory tells us, we can be in the similar life situation and see people starving to death, disgruntled and miserable or, the inhabitants could be well fed, happy and in community. It’s about our relationship with God and with others.
What if we actually believe the Bible in its entirety and apply it in every minute of our lives. Jesus said do not worry because I am building a home for you in heaven. The Bible said that we can be conduit of His love and mercy, let’s start overflowing with the tangible love of God? God said that if we are followers of Christ, we can heal the sick in Jesus Name, cast out demons and see the bread and the fish multiply in our hands. How about turning water into wine?
Those are my challenges as well. It is hard to live our lives in a world that amplifies the negatives and to logically explain things before believing in the miracles. But what if we suspend our judgment and truly live out the teachings in the Bible – to live as representatives of heaven on earth. Here’s our starting point:
In the next 30 days:
- Try to focus our attention to the teachings of the Bible. Every time we caught ourselves thinking negative things (God is positive, there’s noting negative about Him), let’s refocus our mind to the heavenliness.
- Focus on others first. When we start to think how awful our lives are, go to a nearest food pantry or soup kitchen and serve there. That will get our thinking straight.
- Pray for our enemies and/or those people that irritate us. All of us have those kind of people in our lives.
This is just a start. Please give me some feedback; I’d like to be encouraged as well.
For the continuation of this exercise go to http://www.merlingonzales.com This site is designed to encourage everyone to live in God’s dominion here on earth.