Can A Fish Be Proud Of Water?

At times when we are feeling anxiety or other negative emotions, it is helpful to remember how blessed we are. There are so many blessings we take for granted, like a fish unaware of the water he is swimming in. I am going to paste below some thoughts I sent to my son serving a mission for our church. I hope this helps you find hope.

Can a fish be proud of water? Did he earn the water? Did he work hard and qualify for a certain amount of water?
God has blessed me with my two hands, can I be proud of my ten fingers? What did I do to earn ten fingers? Nothing, they are a gift from God.
Can I be proud of sunshine? What did I do to earn sunshine? Nothing, it is a gift from God.
Can I be proud of all the air I have to breath? What did I do to accumulate all this air? Nothing, it is a gift from God. But without these gifts I could do nothing. All the glory goes to God.
I am the branch, he is the trunk. (John 15) The branch can only produce when it is connected to the trunk. If I take glory to myself, I am pulling away from the trunk and then I can’t produce any fruit. The Glory goes to God. He does want me to use my two hands, to multiply my talents, but also to remember my own nothingness. The people who have come to understand their nothingness took part in amazing miracles. Somehow it gives one greater access to God’s power when we aren’t seeking to take strength unto ourselves.  (Jacob 5:48)
Even Christ said he could do nothing of himself, he only did what the Father commanded him to do.

Scriptures:

5 For behold, if the knowledge of the goodness of God at this time has awakened you to a sense of your nothingness, and your worthless and fallen state— (Mosiah 4)

11 And again I say unto you as I have said before, that as ye have come to the knowledge of the glory of God, or if ye have known of his goodness and have tasted of his love, and have received a remission of your sins, which causeth such exceedingly great joy in your souls, even so I would that ye should remember, and always retain in remembrance, the greatness of God, and your own nothingness, and his goodness and long-suffering towards you, unworthy creatures, and humble yourselves even in the depths of humility, calling on the name of the Lord daily, and standing steadfastly in the faith of that which is to come, which was spoken by the mouth of the angel.
12 And behold, I say unto you that if ye do this ye shall always rejoice, and be filled with the love of God, and always retain a remission of your sins; and ye shall grow in the knowledge of the glory of him that created you, or in the knowledge of that which is just and true (Mosiah 4)

12 Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever. (Alma 26)

10 And it came to pass that it was for the space of many hours before Moses did again receive his natural strength like unto man; and he said unto himself: Now, for this cause I know that man is nothing, which thing I never had supposed. ( Moses 1)

20 I say unto you, my brethren, that if you should render all the thanks and praise which your whole soul has power to possess, to that God who has created you, and has kept and preserved you, and has caused that ye should rejoice, and has granted that ye should live in peace one with another—
21 I say unto you that if ye should serve him who has created you from the beginning, and is preserving you from day to day, by lending you breath, that ye may live and move and do according to your own will, and even supporting you from one moment to another—I say, if ye should serve him with all your whole souls yet ye would be unprofitable servants.
22 And behold, all that he requires of you is to keep his commandments; and he has promised you that if ye would keep his commandments ye should prosper in the land; and he never doth vary from that which he hath said; therefore, if ye do keep his commandments he doth bless you and prosper you.
23 And now, in the first place, he hath created you, and granted unto you your lives, for which ye are indebted unto him.
24 And secondly, he doth require that ye should do as he hath commanded you; for which if ye do, he doth immediately bless you; and therefore he hath paid you. And ye are still indebted unto him, and are, and will be, forever and ever; therefore, of what have ye to boast?
25 And now I ask, can ye say aught of yourselves? I answer you, Nay. Ye cannot say that ye are even as much as the dust of the earth; yet ye were created of the dust of the earth; but behold, it belongeth to him who created you. (Mosiah 2)

This is not telestial doctrine. It is contrary to Korihors teaching, “every man conquers according to his strength.” (Alma 30)
I need to be willing to receive the gifts of God without SEEKING ANY OF THE CREDIT. A part of me has wanted to tell people what I DID to become successful. In the end, I need to acknowledge every good thing in my life is a gift from God. Moroni says to deny not the gifts of God (Moroni 10:8). I have been denying the gifts of God by wanting to tell people the story of my success. Can a fish take credit for the water it is swimming in?

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About Arden Compton

I love helping people be the best that they can be. Addiction, stress, limiting beliefs & emotions, and bothersome memories are my specialties. I am happily married to my wife Cheryl, we have 7 robust, growing children. I like to ballroom dance, play volleyball, and enjoy the beauty of nature!
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