It’s become a little bit of a mantra at the moment:
be a river, not a lake.”
You will probably know by now, if you have read any of our articles before, that I do quite a bit of walking in the mountains. Not just the mountains, but anywhere in the countryside of North Wales and particularly Snowdonia. That part of the world has more than its fair share of rivers and lakes. Both are beautiful in their own ways, but there’s something particularly attractive about rivers.
Don’t get me wrong – lakes are great too, and we have some fantastic lakes in North Wales. Both the rivers and lakes come at a price – rain! And we have more than our fair share of rain in Wales!
Lakes are formed by all the rain we get all accumulating in one place, because it can’t get out anywhere. And just like a lake accumulates water, we accumulate “stuff” in our own lives. All the “stuff” builds up and builds up until it either overflows, or cracks begin to show as the “stuff” pushes its way out. And some of that stuff isn’t good to collect up and store. Just like lakes that can become stagnant, and overgrown with weeds, our lives can stagnate and become overgrown with weeds.
So be a river
One of the most refreshing drinks I have ever had is the pure, cold, fresh water from the mountain river. There’s nothing more refreshing. You just can’t bottle it – and if you did, it just wouldn’t be the same. On a boiling hot day, there’s nothing better, and even when it’s cold and raining there’s no comparison.
In the countryside, rivers serve two purposes – they provide fresh water that is needed for all the trees and the greenery to grow, and for the animals to drink; and they also carry away all the waste products and rubbish that builds up.
So as we, too, have waste products and rubbish that builds up – and we have our challenges and struggles – so we need to be a river, not a lake. That way we can deal with all that “stuff” much better.
As a charity, we try to be a river too
As a charity, we’re often given a lot of “stuff” – donations of all sorts, to help people in many different situations. So we try to be a river too – not to build a ‘lake’ full of donations, but to be a river of donations – giving help and distributing those donations as quickly as possible.
So, whilst we want to hear from you if you have stuff to give away – we also want to hear from you if you need anything. Visit our new look webpage – and hit the HopeGiver HELP button!