Fort Collins Parkwood Ward youth were recently challenged by President Rulon Stacey to trust their Heavenly Father, set their goals high and fulfill their potential.
“Nothing is happenstance, you are placed where you are for a reason,” said Stacey. He showed the youth that God puts them in certain circumstances for a purpose, as shown in Isaiah 28:
24 Doth the plowman plow all day to sow? doth he open and break the clods of his ground?
25 When he hath made plain the face thereof, doth he not cast abroad the fitches, and scatter the cummin, and cast in the principal wheat and the appointed barley and the rie in their place?
26 For his God doth instruct him to discretion, and doth teach him.
“We are the ones planted by the plowman. Some of us are wheat, some are barley, rie, cummin, and so forth. God places us where we are because he knows we will grow best there.”
The youth were encouraged, when they set their goals for this coming year, to fully understand what it is God wants them to be and live up to their promise. “If you are a wheat, be the best wheat you can be. If you’re a fitch, or a rie, be the best fitch or rie.”
President Stacey further advised the youth to not judge themselves against others around them. “If you are a cummin,” he said, “don’t compare yourself to the rie over there.” They are planted in the lowlands, where moisture seems more plentiful. “Yeah, they get a lot of water, but they also get a lot of salt.”
Verse 27 states, “For the fitches are not threshed with a threshing instrument, neither is a cart wheel turned about upon the cummin; but the fitches are beaten out with a staff, and the cummin with a rod.” Stacey counseled, “Don’t even dare question him! God will do whatever needs to be done to get the best out of you. Let him do it! He knows what is best for you, and he knows how to help you get the most out of your life.”
Stacey closed by referring to Leviticus 26:3-12. It is our charge to walk in God’s statutes, and keep his commandments. When we do, we will be abundantly blessed in due time. We will still have our hardships and challenges to endure, for that is why we are here, to be tested. But we are assured that we can be victorious, and we are promised that with his help, we will become all we are destined to become.