As the Children of Israel entered their promised land after forty years in the wilderness, the Lord explained the source of their blessings:
"I have given you a land for which ye did not labour, and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted not do ye eat" (Joshua 24:13).
Like the Children of Israel, most of us are blessed more by the efforts of others than by our own efforts. For example, those who attend Brigham Young University receive a highly subsidized education. Many of those who contribute to make this subsidy possible cannot even imagine such an education for themselves. The personal interest and attention given by those who have a wealth of life experiences to those who have just begun is another great blessing. It is as though some provide the road on which we travel and others serve as our guides.
Because of hard work and an ample dose of good fortune, we are given opportunities to enrich our talents and to fulfill our divinely appointed missions. As the next generation moves along the path toward where we are—then past us—we are moved to reflect on the countless individuals who provided the road on which we travel and who served as our guides. As we are helped along, we are filled with gratitude and become eager to share our blessings with future generations.
Photo of Dean Brown by Mark A. Philbrick/BYU Photo.