You Can Enrich the Lives of Others

Pastor Marvin Arnpriester

Sometime ago, the following gem was shared in a devotional that came across my desk. I invite you to join me in reflecting on its message for us and our church.

There was a farmer who grew excellent-quality wheat, and every season he won the award for the best grown in his county. One year, a reporter from the local newspaper interviewed the farmer and learned that each spring the man shared his seed with his neighbors so that they, too, could plant it in their fields.

“How can you afford to share your best wheat seed with your neighbors when they are entering their crops in the competition with yours?” the reporter asked.

“Why that’s very simple,” the farmer explained. “The wind picks up pollen from the developing wheat and carries it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior wheat, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of all the wheat, including mine. If I am to grow good wheat, I must help my neighbors grow good wheat.”

The reporter realized how the farmer’s explanation also applied to peoples’ lives in the most fundamental way. Those who want to live meaningfully and well must help enrich the lives of others, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches. And those who choose to be happy must help others find happiness, for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all.