November 2, 2010
Writer: Writer: Colby Flint

Department of Teacher Education Chairman Kevin Stanger encouraged students to "invest in becoming" during today's devotional at Brigham Young University-Idaho.

"To maximize the blessings available at Brigham Young University-Idaho, you must balance your professional preparation-the acquisition of knowledge and skills-with your personal development-your ‘becoming,'" he said.

In order to achieve that balance, Stanger told students it is important not to be in a hurry. He read Dee Groberg's poem, "The Race," and likened it to the challenges of life. In the poem, a young boy fell down three separate times while trying to run too fast. However, each time he fell down, he decided to get up and continue the race.

"There have been times in my life when I have tried to run too fast," Stanger said. "I was just in too big of a hurry. I don't believe that an all-out sprint, or shortcuts for that matter, is the strategy Heavenly Father has established for us to implement in our race, as we learn life's most important lessons."

Later, he also pointed out that as people move forward in their "race" it is important to follow the guidelines outlined in God's plan: "There is a plan for each one of you! That plan was designed before we ever came to this earth. The designer of the plan was a loving Heavenly Father, who, no doubt, knew of our strengths and abilities. He believed in your potential."