It was my first livestock judging contest. I was scared stiff. I felt so unprepared, so......scared! For those of you who don't have a clue about judging, at the state contest we had to judge 6 classes, 2 classes of sheep, 2 classes of hogs, and 2 classes of beef. Each class is 4 animals. Then we had to answer a set of questions. After the questions we had to give 3 sets of reason.....one of each specie. Reasons are an oral reasoning about why you placed the class the way you did. At my first state contest, I only had 5 weeks of practice under my belt.
So.....here I was, 15 years old and on a team with other kids who had a few years of knowledge as well as kids who have shown livestock for years. I got to the contest and headed straight for the bathroom. I didn't puke.... :) I prayed. And with that prayer I felt a peace that I would do fine. I went out into that arena and started judging and I was so excited and felt so alive! It was the most amazing experience. I went and gave my reasons with a passion. My team....won the state title. I'm not saying I was perfect. Not anywhere near that. But I had found such peace once I had given all of my talent over to God. He could make it so much better.
Ever since then, at each and every contest that I have been in (and I have been in quite a few in FFA) I have prayed before I begin. I owe each and every victory to my dear Lord Jesus.
I hope this story fits under this title. :) I'm not sure it does....but I know that with Jesus on my side I could shine and be much more alive and passionate than I ever could have been by myself.