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Friday, October 22, 2010

The Farmer's Son

There was once a farmer. He was proud of his work, and always had straight, long rows of corn, wheat, and all manner of healthy crops.
When the farmer's son was old enough to learn the farm work, the farmer took him out into the fields to teach him how to hoe, plant seeds, irrigate, and other small chores. One day, the farmer decided his son was old enough to learn how to plow. He put him on a tractor and told him how to plow straight, long furrows. The way to do this, he said, was to set your sight on something on the opposite side of the field, and to steer straight toward it, ot veering to one side or the other.
The farmer then went off to other chores. When he came back to check his son's work, he was dismayed to find the field full of crooked rows. He was furious! He stormed over to the tractor to find out the reason for this foolishness.
The son explained, "Well, Dad, I did just what you said. I sighted in on something on the opposite side of the field, and headed straight for it. I never veered to one side or the other."
"Then why are the rows going every which way?"
"Well, the darn cow kept moving!"*
haha Although the story has a humorous ending, the moral of it still rings true. I really like the scripture in 2 Nephi 32:3 "...Wherefore I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do."
In todays world, where opinions, fads, and so called doctrines, change faster then you can keep track of, it's good to know that there is something that is constant. That is the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is the One, that we can fix our eyes on. He will never lead us to the right, or the left, but if we do what He says we will arrive safely home in the end. Like the scripture says, by feasting up His words, He will never lead us astray. If we center our lives on Christ then "....When the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirldwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shal beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall." (Heleman 5:12)
That is the Lords promise, if we keep our eyes fixed on Him, and there build our foundation we won't fall.

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