Without a doubt, my absolute favorite holiday movie is A Charlie Brown Christmas. In this old-school Christmas cartoon, Charlie Brown searches for the true meaning of Christmas amid the commercialization trap that all of his friends seem to have fallen into. By the time Christmas rolls around each year, I’ve watched it multiple times. (Huge shoutout to my friends, and former Louisburg FFA members, Erin, Emily, Conner, and Katheryn for finally giving in and watching it with me!) If you haven’t seen this movie, you’re missing out!
But, the more I though about it, the more that I realized that our entire lives are like that of Charlie Brown. We are constantly so caught up in what’s happening around us that we forget the real reason that we’re doing what we’re doing.
Are we in FFA to get out of school? To score a trip to Manhattan for State Convention? Are we FFA members because all of our friends are? Because it’s the thing to do?
Why are we truly in this organization?
The reasons to join FFA are endless—and so are the possibilities while we’re wearing the blue jacket. Maybe we joined FFA because our parents or older siblings were members. Maybe we’re members because we like cattle or pigs or sheep or meat or tractors or welding. Maybe we joined FFA because we believe in the future of agriculture—with a faith born not of words but of deeds. Maybe it's because we want to grow up and give our children the same upbringing that we've had. FFA can honestly take us anywhere that we will let it.
FFA members, no matter your reason for joining, I hope that we all, like Charlie Brown, can find a true reason for why we are here. I can guarantee that if we look hard enough, we will find one. It’s easy to get caught up with all of the fun activities that our chapters do, but I can guarantee that there is a reason—a purpose—for all of them. We all have a reason to be here.
Kansas FFA, find your reason to be here!
I wish you and all of your families a very Merry Christmas and an abundance of blessings in the New Year.