Well, I guess it comes down to the following question, "Did God create me to be a Lake, or did he create me to be a River?" What’s the difference?
A Lake is, in essence, stagnant water. It “takes in” what God freely gives while doing little to share what it has received. Only those who come to it may share in its bounty. A river, on the other hand, traverses mountains, plains, forests, and valleys. It travels the countryside far and wide; it does not keep within itself what it has taken in.
The lake vs. river image is something I heard, or read, from my distant past. It appears I found the image compelling since I seek to apply it in a blog, a medium that is only some fifteen years old.
What holds me back from being more aggressive and open in offering my opinions, views and perspectives is my view of myself. I see myself more of a trickling stream than a flowing river. In my mind, I have too little to offer.
In my old age, I have come to realize that my fear of having too little to offer is, in truth, a fallacy. God made rivers of varying sizes and strengths, each for a different purpose. Regardless of how big or little we may be what's important is that we don’t just receive and amass for ourselves what God has given us; for even trickling streams are more than capable of refreshing and renewing.Howard