The Preacher and the Farmer
THE PREACHER AND THE FARMER
A favourite and well known story is the one about a preacher driving down a country road when he came upon the most magnificent farm he had ever seen. The farm stood out like a diamond: it sparkled. While it was by no means a new farm, the house and out-buildings were finely constructed and freshly painted. The garden around the house displayed a collection of beautiful flowers.
The fields were planted with healthy looking corn and the dairy cattle grazed knee-deep in green pastures. All this comprised a beautiful picture of what the ideal farm should look like and the preacher stopped to drink in the sight.
It was then that he noticed the farmer on a big and shiny tractor, hard at work. The preacher got out of his car and called the farmer over to where he was. When the farmer stopped at the fence the preacher said, “My good man, God has certainly blessed with a magnificent farm” there was a pause as the farmer took off his cap, looked at the preacher and said, “Yes, He has and we’re grateful, but you should have seen this place when He had it all to Himself!”
The preacher looked at the friendly farmer for a moment, smiled and with a wave got back into his car and drove off, thinking to himself, “That man has given me my sermon for next Sunday.”
He thought about the fact that every farmer along this road had been blessed with the same land, the same opportunity, and each worked his farm according to his nature. He understood that every farm, every home, of every family in the country was the living reflection of the people who lived there. He understood that the land we are given is not the acres we buy for a farm, or the lot on which we build a home, or the apartment we rent, but rather the life we’ve been blessed with. That’s our plot of ground, that’s the land we sow and from which we are then obliged to reap the resulting harvest.
The farmer in this story knew that he would find abundant reward, he was grateful for his blessings, satisfied with what he had, living a life of contentment. He knew that it is not what is given us that makes the difference, but rather what we do with it, what we make of what we have.
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