With as many kids (and as much stuff) that we have it will come as no surprise to you when I say that when our house gets messy it gets MESSY. With the overwhelming nature of the task and through much trial and error we have discovered that the very most effective and timely way for us to tidy our home is to all work together in the same room. “Many hands make light work” is a phrase my children often hear while we clean. What would take me more than an hour to do on my own (with no small amount of grumbling I might add) takes the whole family a matter of minutes.
In the October General Conference of last year we got to hear Elder M. Russell Ballard tell us of the complex inner workings of a beehive. He spoke of how a colony of 20,000-60,000 honeybees will cumulatively travel the equivalent of twice around the world, visiting millions of flowers, to create one pound of honey (1 1/3 cups). Over the course of its brief lifespan, each bee will contribute one-twelfth of one teaspoon to the hive. He said, “Though seemingly insignificant when compared to the total, each bee’s one-twelfth of a teaspoon is vital to the life of the hive.”
As Elder Ballard said, “great things are brought about and burdens are lightened through the efforts of many hands “anxiously engaged in a good cause” (D&C 58:27).
Elder Ballard’s message from last October has been rewritten especially for women and has been beautifully published in book form.
One Drop at a Time is filled with beautiful pictures.
I absolutely love it when general conference talks are published in book form. It keeps it alive and in sight on my bookshelf and within easy reach for days when I need a little bit of a pick me up. They are just the right length to read in one sitting and are just beautiful to look at.
Just in time for Mother’s Day One Drop at a Time is a wonderful testimony of how our seemingly insignificant efforts will add up to make all of the difference in the world. Service doesn’t always have to conjure up images of slave labor. In reality it takes very little effort on our part to make someone feel loved and appreciated.