Have you ever observed the kernels that didn't fully pop?
Have you ever observed the kernels that half popped?
Each kernel pops differently. Not one popcorn looks exactly the same as another. They may have a similar shape but the ways that they are popped are different. They also pop at different times. Some are popped right as the microwave heats them up while others pop right before the timer goes off and the bag is opened.
The half popped do the similar thing. Not one is identical to another.
However, the kernels will tell a different story. All of the kernels look exactly the same.
The story behind the popcorn goes more into depth than just the simplicity of a yummy snack. Each person has their own individual circumstances, trials, strengths, weakness, experiences, and life. We all learn differently, feel differently, and think differently. Some of us come to realize what makes us truly happy early on in life while others take our time to figure that out. Others, may be like the half popped and decide to not fully reach the potential or simply do not have the opportunity to do so. There are so many items that make each of us different!
However, no matter how different we all are, we stem from the same kernel. We are all children of God who loves us. We will have different opportunities of course yet, we are all so great and wonderful. When we are eating popcorn, we don't naturally compare, chose not to eat, or throw away certain shapes of popcorn. If we did do this, we would end up without any popcorn at all.
Elder Dieter Uchdorft touched on this in the October of 2011 General Conference. "We spend so much time and energy comparing ourselves to others—usually comparing our weaknesses to their strengths. This drives us to create expectations for ourselves that are impossible to meet. As a result, we never celebrate our good efforts because they seem to be less than what someone else does." If we spent all of our time searching for the perfect popped kernel or comparing it to the faults or perfections of others, we would never get to enjoy the snack!
In summary, we are all different and that is okay! We shouldn't compare ourselves to be less or greater than others. We all come from the same Heavenly Father who will help us achieve to be the best HE knows we can be. I know that we are all so different and I am grateful for that. I am grateful to know that my marriage, schooling, family, friends, skills, weakness, frustrations, and joy is different than others. I am grateful to know that no matter the differences, we can know that we all come from the same creator and all have the potential to be as marvelous as a fully popped popcorn.