Lengthen Thy Cords and Strengthen Thy Stakes – 3 Nephi 22:2-3

2 Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thy habitations; spare not, lengthen thy cords and strengthen thy stakes;
3 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.

I suppose that if we lived in tents in the desert, the meaning of this passage would be immediately evident to us: be prepared for prosperity, because it’s coming. The Lord is going to bless you immensely, and so you’d better prepare yourself to receive that blessing. The Lord isn’t exactly saying, “If you build it, the blessings will come.” But what He’s saying is very similar: “You’d better start building now, because I am going to send great blessings soon.”
I don’t live in a tent, so I’m thinking today of some more modern interpretations of the passage above:

  • Schedule more time with your family, because you will find relationship-building activities to fill that time.
  • Bring your “A game” to your job every day, learn as much as you can, and build your network, because amazing opportunities will become available to you in the future.
  • Learn how to be an effective missionary, and pray for opportunities to share the gospel, because those opportunities will come.

Today, I will prepare myself to receive blessings in the future. I will assume that Heavenly Father has great things in store for me and that I need to prepare myself now in order to be capable of accepting and utilizing those blessings when they come.

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  1. Great insight. So often we wait to prepare until we know exactly what's in it for us. We should anxiously engaged in doing our best in what we do. This prepares us for other opportunities, be it in work, family relationships, or service.


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