The story is told of the farmer who every year won the prize for the best corn at the local show. Everyone wanted to know his secret! One diligent reporter, after spending weeks researching, unwittingly uncovered the fact that the farmer even shared his prize winning seed corn with his neighbours! Amazed he asked, “How can you afford to do that when they are entering there corn in competition with yours each year?”
The farmer with a twinkle in his eye and a shrug of his shoulder simply replies, “Don’t you know how it works? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from paddock to paddock. If my neighbours grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn!
Such is the inter-connectedness of life. If we are prepared to share the good things that God has given us, everyone will benefit. Those who choose to live in peace must help their neighbours to live in peace. Those who choose to be happy, have an obligaion to help others find happiness. So if you have something good, don’t keep it and hoard it for yourself – share it so everybody will benefit!
Where do I get such crazy ideas? I plagiarized this one from the Bible – Luke 6:38. You can read it for yourself – I don’t want to keep such a good book to myself.
Chaplain Ian Whitley