What kind of neighbor are we being to those around us? Can we honestly say we walk in the Christ-like character towards those God loves? Do we leave our neighbors thankful to have us 'next door'?
I have caught myself being tempted to be selfish many times recently, and each time I remember this story posted on Facebook a couple of years ago by Stephen Koczor:
There was a farmer who grew excellent quality corn. Every year he won the award for the best grown corn. One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors. “How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?” the reporter asked.
“Why sir,” said the farmer, “Didn’t you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn.”
So is with our lives... 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...
From the Mercy Family to yours,
May we all be neighbors worth giving thanks over!