I was given a topic of my favorite new testament story and i ended up choosing the story of Peter walking on water. In Matthew 14:25-31, it said, "And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when they disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and then cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; It is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst though doubt?
We can learn so much from this story. For example, when you have faith in the Lord, you can trust in him. And we can do the unimaginable. When Peter stopped believing he fell into the water. Elder Howard W. Hunter said, it is my firm belief that if as Individual people, families, communities and nations, we could, like Peter fix our eyes on Jesus, we too might walk triumphantly over "the swelling waves of disbelief" and remain "unterrified amid the rising winds of doubt". But if we turn our eyes away from him in whom we must believe, as it is so easy to do and the world is so much tempted to do, If we look to the power and fury of those terrible and destructive elements around us rather than to him who can help and save us, then we shall inevitably sinking a sea of conflict and sorrow and despair.
With much love and passion for football, I thought of an analogy, that you go for a big catch and maybe take your eyes off the ball and you're not able to catch it. Like Peter, who took his eyes off the Lord, and he fell in the water. Id like to bear my testimony that if we keep our eyes on Christ, we'll be able to go overcome the ways of disbelief and know that he is our Savior. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.