It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Chapter 7, Page 21, Book 12

Three Kernels of Corn Parable

Three young men were once given three kernels of corn apiece by a wise old sage, who admonished them to go out into the world, and use the corn to bring themselves good fortune.

The first young man put three kernels of corn into a bowl of hot broth and ate them.  The second thought, I can do better than that, and he planted his three kernels of corn.  Within a few months, he had three stalks of corn.  He took the ears from the stalks, boiled them, and had enough corn for three meals.

The third man said to himself, I can do better than that.  He also planted his three kernels of corn, but when his three stalks of corn produced, he stripped one of the stalks and replanted all the seeds in it, gave the second stalk of corn to a sweet maiden, and ate the third.  His one full stalk's work of replanted corn kernels gave him 200 stalks of corn!  And the kernels of these he continued to replant, setting aside only a bare minimum to eat.  He eventually planted a hundred acres of corn.  With his fortune, he not only won the hand of the sweet maiden, but purchased the land owned by the sweet maidens father.  And he never hungered again.

Moral of the story:  The more you give, the more you get.  However, that should NOT be the reason for your giving.

Author Unknown


We’ve all heard this one before when it comes to being generous with money, but this lesson applies to way more than charitable giving.  You literally get back everything you put out there.  If you want more of anything in your life, then be aware of what you are personally putting out there — kindness, generosity, love, anger, frustration, money, etc.  It all comes right back to you.

When we give with joy, selflessness, and love, we benefit greatly. The attitude you bring to your giving will reflect the benefits you gain. Parents share their shelter, food, and love with their children simply because they love them and not because they seek their love. Ultimately, the rewards are tremendous. Yet if you give money, time, or anything else with an expectation of a return on your investment, you defeat the purpose of giving.
Giving and receiving is the natural course of life. There's a give and take to everything in life.

The more you give to life the more you get out of it.

Have a SUPER Saturday everyone!

Give, but never give up.

'On Ya'-ma



I LOVE the parable. Also the idea to GIVE, but never give up. ALOT of people do not understand the concept, but it truly is better to give than receive. Last year when the school supplies went to half off I purchased a LARGE BOX of notebooks. I put them away much to everyone's dismay. "Why did you waste the money on that, they asked? You have no children in school." This year, I had my hubby lug them from inside the house,out to the car. He asked why? I took them down to the local store where they were collecting school supplies for children who can NOT afford them. One of the kids took the box from my car. I am going to make this a yearly ritual. I hope to buy TWO boxes of notebooks for next year. It's not alot, just a little something I can do.

Buttercup said...

Great post. When I am in the midst of doing for others I forgot my own woes and become engaged in the world doing good work. Can't ask for more than that! Hope you have a great day.

Chatty Crone said...

Pam I think there is a story in the Bible that is pretty similar to that. HE does not want us to waste our gifts either and to share.

Have a good Saturday.


That corgi :) said...

I like that Ma, give, but never give up! It is so good to give, you are right, the benefits of it are so good, even if we get nothing back, just to have the joy of giving, no matter how small we might give, even if it is just a smile to someone who needs one!


jack69 said...

You say a truism. We should never "GIVE TO GET" That usually does not work.
As always good 'kernels' of advice are found here!!!

Love from here. Today was the day to change the 140 lb battery!!! OUCH I forgot how heavy 140 lbs is. LOL