Another week down.

Well, yet another week has come and gone.  I am always amazed at how the weeks seem to creep by, yet every Saturday I’m sitting down wondering where the past 7 days have gone–and why I haven’t been as productive as I wanted to be.  Ahh, such is life.

I was reading this week in Matthew, and  got to thinking about how often in life we learn in parables, or examples.  Parables were a significant part of the Saviors teachings.  The better part of the New Testament contains Jesus Christ’s teaching by way of parable.  To many a reader of the New Testament, parables have been a confusing way of teaching the gospel.  I think this comes from a lack of understanding; specifically understanding regarding why Jesus taught in parables.  A parable is a way of illustrating a principle.  In the case of the Savior, it was used to illustrate examples of moral conduct and spiritual lessons.

The one that stood out to me most is the parable of the tares, found in Matthew 13:24-30.  It tells of a wheat farmer, who at night is subject to an enemy spreading tares among his precious wheat.  When the farmer finds out, and see’s that there are tares among his crop, his servants ask if he would have them pull out the tares.  In a teaching moment, the farmer says “Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them” (v. 29).  The farmer then goes on to say that the wheat and the tares should be separated at harvest, where the tares shall be burned.  Together we see that there are several lessons that can be learned from this.  The first, most obvious to me, is the life lesson that despite our earnest wishes, we will experience tares in our lives.  Though we may beg and plead with the Lord for him to remove them from us, it may be requisite that the tares abide with us, until the harvest- where we will be separated and the tares shall be burned.

In the end what truly matters is that our resolve to move forward, matches up with God’s.  The only thing we can truly give God, is our individual resolve.

Let us resolve to follow the Savior and work with diligence to become the person we were designed to become. Let us listen to and obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

-Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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