Emily Belle Freeman



Become a Possibilitarian

Deuteronomy 22:1 - Deuteronomy 34:1

This weekend we will finish Deuteronomy, we will say a final farewell to Moses, and we will be introduced to Joshua.

If you get a chance make sure you read Deuteronomy 24:5, Deuteronomy 26:11, and Deuteronomy 28:2-14 (and when you read this last one, take just a minute to wonder what it means for blessings to come on thee and to overtake thee.  I am fascinated by that promise...)

But today, if you don't mind, I would like to introduce you to a possibilitarian.

What is a possibilitarian, you ask?

I love the definition by Norman Vincent Peale...

"Become a possibilitarian.  No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities ––always see them, for they're always there."

On Monday we are going to meet one of the greatest possibilitarians of all time.

His name is Joshua.

Remember when he went as a spy into the promised land?

Remember how he saw the possibilities?

Remember how he brought back a good report?

I have come to realize that being a possibilitarian requires courage and strength.  Two characteristics Joshua was blessed to have.

"...and Joshua, he shall go over before thee, as the Lord hath said.  And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou MUST go with this people unto the land which the Lord hath sworn...to give them; and THOU shalt cause them to inherit it.  And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee:  fear not, neither be dismayed."  (Deuteronomy 31:6-8)

Did you know that the Lord counseled Joshua to be strong and of good courage six different times between Deuteronomy 31 and the first chapter of Joshua?

On Monday we are going to begin to understand why Joshua needed that counsel.

It is because what he was about to do would require great strength.

And it would require courage.

But most importantly, it would require him to know that the Lord would be with him, withersoever he went.

Joshua teaches us that when you combine courage and strength with the companionship of the Lord you can expect miracles.

Possibilities beyond your expectations.

For it was Joshua himself who said, "tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you."  (Joshua 3:5)

But I will save that story for Monday.

This weekend, in preparation for your introduction to Joshua, perhaps you could practice being a possibilitarian.

Find courage.

Gather Strength.

Allow the Lord to be with thee withersoever thou goest.

And then prepare to experience wonders.

Greet each day with an enthusiastic welcome no matter how it looks.

The covenant with God to which you are true

enables you to become enlightened by him,

and nothing is impossible for you.

(Elder F. Enzio Busche)

Emily Freeman