Steve Nelson

Raising Our Roots in the Face of Adversity

This year’s Nebraska Farm Bureau Annual Meeting was themed “Rising from our Roots,” an appropriate one to close out a year in which so many of our family, friends and neighbors dealt with extreme challenges, many of which were caused by Mother Nature.

As you know, the roots of farm and ranch families are founded in rising up and pushing forward in the face of adversity, in that few occupations involve as much risk and require as much optimism as production agriculture. Yet, 2019 has presented challenges historic in nature, with many Nebraskans still working through and coping with the long-term impacts of the floods and blizzards that battered our state last spring.

Because this year has been particularly difficult, I have a couple of thoughts I’d like you to keep in mind as we move into the holiday season and closer to celebrating Christ’s birth.

When times are tough, we tend to have a lot more on our minds. It’s my hope and wish for you that during this holiday season you’re able to put some of the day-to-day worries aside and make the most of the time you spend with family and friends around the holidays. It can be difficult to truly enjoy those experiences when anxieties and uncertainties are crowding our thoughts and pulling our attention. Quality time with those who mean so much to us is good and can be healing. I pray that all of us can get the most out of these special moments this season.

I also encourage you to keep an eye out for those who may be in need. If you see someone you think is struggling, don’t be afraid to engage. Talk with them. If you can’t talk with them, share your concern with someone close to them who can help. Your compassion and generosity just might change someone’s life, or you might even save it. We can’t afford to forget that every day we have on this earth is a gift from God.

On behalf of myself and my family, I hope that the Christmas season is a blessing to you and that the New Year will be as well.

Steve Nelson