BY EVAN TATE, YPC Leadership Board Member
For my last post as a YPC board member, I thought I would provide some encouragement for those who are leading the way in the future.
Many times I have likened the scenario of a group of “youngsters” trying to take over their industry and change the way pop culture views it to the story of David and Goliath. It is a daunting task with perceived insurmountable odds when trying to provide away for our children to live the life our parents have given us.
I often wonder however, how strong is our faith? Does it look like that of David, or do we bear the entire load ourselves and want to be the hero?
David was a young man (a boy by many standards) at the time of his challenge. Goliath was a giant and one who had “no” reason to believe in anyone other than himself for he had never been overcome. David came prepared with a sling shot and stones, but more importantly, he had put on the armor of God, meaning that not only did he believe and trust in God, but that he would follow his instruction and fear not. All Goliath brought was himself.
We all know the outcome of how a perfect sized stone hit the perfect place and the giant crumbled. I think it’s worth noting that true perfection is a function of God and nothing else.
As we move forward toward our goals and ambitions of YPC, I encourage you to root your passion and efforts in faithfulness. Do it “Unto the Lord” aka in a manner that pleases Him first. Let our struggles and accomplishments be for His glory. Just as David did, put on the armor of God verses taking Goliaths path. As, I think back over my life, there are a lot of laborious task that I have completed in vain and nothing has ever come from those. However, those that I sat aside in my heart to use to further God’s kingdom have been gratifying! Furthermore, these particular task where blessed and became successful!
At some point, if we as organization continue to go forward without God at the center of our efforts we will surely fail, but just as David persevered, we may too, provided we remain faithful and pledge to further the Cattle Industry unto the Lord our God!
It has been a pleasure serving on the YPC Board and I look forward to future efforts for years to come!
–Evan Tate (@T8CattleCo)