While attending your local church service this morning, you might have seen something interesting. Students wearing their FFA Official Dress to Church. This morning many FFA Chapters celebrated National FFA Sunday as the kickoff to the rest of National FFA Week. This organization has always been and will always be dear to my heart. The friends I’ve made, the skills I’ve gained, and the lessons I’ve learned have had a tremendous impact on my life and maybe many of your lives, too. However, there are some folks who see the FFA jacket, but don’t always grasp what it means.
Early one Sunday morning in February, a local Pastor arrives at his church to get things ready for service. Everything was set in motion for the service and the congregation started to pour in to the church just like they normally did every Sunday. However, something was different this Sunday, because as the Pastor glanced over the people, he saw something he’d never seen before: 3 high school students wearing their Official FFA Dress. The Pastor was intrigued, met the students and said, “You kids look real sharp, but what’s this FFA?” The kids responded telling him what the organization was about. The Pastor was real interested, but yet unsure why the kids were wearing their jackets. The kids said it was for National FFA Week and they wanted to start the week off right by going to church together.
The Pastor was still puzzled by it and said, “Well kids, that sounds real nice, but I’m sure I’m not the only in the church who isn’t familiar with FFA. Why don’t you three share at the end of service just exactly what this “FFA” thing is and how it has impacted your life.” The kids agreed and at the very end of service, the 3 students walked upon the platform. The Pastor said, “Now, you all might have noticed these three kids wearing jackets today for this thing called FFA. I’ve asked each of the kids to tell us a little bit about this organization and how it has impacted them.”
The first student stood up to the pulpit and said, “The FFA is a student organization which has taught me hard work, dedication, and respect. I’ve learned how to speak in front of others and how to communicate clearly.”
The next student stood up to the pulpit and said, “The FFA is an organization which has taught me about farming and allowed me to learn more about God’s creatures, specifically His livestock.”
The Pastor jumped in after this and said, “Now kids, I’m glad this organization has taught you good traits and valuable knowledge, but please tell us, how has it impacted your life?”
The last student stood up to the pulpit and said, “This great organization called FFA has impacted my life in countless ways: it impacted me by helping me believe in myself, it impacted me by making me realize I am part of something bigger than me, and finally Pastor, it impacted me with the greatest message this world has ever known.”
The Pastor replied, “Really? And son, what message would that be?”
The student said, “Well sir, it’s the same message we hear you preach at church, read in our Bibles, and is even the message Jesus himself lived out. That message is “Living to Serve.””
With that, the Pastor’s questions were answered. He would close the service by saying, “Many of you, like me, may not have known what FFA was before you came here today, and many of you may not have known Jesus before you came here either. But today, I’m thankful for the chance Jesus gives us to change and the chance Jesus gives us to serve. Whether you wear an FFA Jacket or not, always remember to live like The Servant: one who is Living to Serve.” #NationalFFAWeek #FFASunday #LivingToServe #LiveLikeTheServant