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

Author Unknown

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Chapter 10, Page 23, Book 08

The story of a farmer who grew
award-winning corn.

Each year he entered his corn in the state fair
where it won a blue ribbon. 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."

He is very much aware of the connectedness of life. His corn cannot
improve unless his neighbor's corn also improves.

So it is in other dimensions. Those who choose to be at peace must help their neighbors to be at peace. Those who choose to live well must help others to live well, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it
touches. And those who choose to be happy must help others to find
happiness, for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all.

The lesson for each of us is this: if we are to grow good corn, we must
help our neighbors grow good corn.

Author Unknown


I’ve always been told that for those that have been given much, much is required.

When I think about what I have the most of I think about my family. Yes, tis true that I’ve given them much too, but that’s not the source of my thought here. I think because of my large family I’ve received so much love that I need to share it with others.

Love of Family, Friends and my faith are the things that are most important to me and I do try to share it with you all. If it seems to you that my life is overly optimistic and relatively simple, don’t be deceived. I have had some bad times and some tough problems to shoulder in my life, but over and above all those shines the love I’ve been given. I’m far from perfect and would be the first to admit that fact. I’m often in awe of being the recipient of so very many blessings.

In my entries each day, I send out a blessing to all those that read them. My ‘On Ya’ is the blessing. It is a slang phrase that means May the Joy of the Lord be on you! That is my hope and wish for you all.

I picked up this phrase from a Bible study done by Beth Moore and I adopted it for my own use. Some of you may be aware of what it means, but others that may be new to my blog might not.

Now that I’ve got that off my chest so to speak, I must say it is that time again

I owe, I owe
It’s off to work
I go…


Isn't it surprising how many things, if not said immediately, seem not worth saying ten minutes from now?

Arnot L. Sheppard, Jr

‘On Ya’- ma


Unknown said...

eah another lovely entry
good story about the corn.....

Hollie said...

Your entries are so uplifting & I need that. Have a wonderful day!


Joan said...

LOved the story aboout the corn. I was one that did not know the story behind your on screen name now I know. Lovely entry today. Love Joan

Linda said...

Family is so important! Linda

Jan said...

You had explained what on ya means ,it had slipped my mind ,so to you I say on ya ,I also loved the story of the farmer wise man ,powerful message! Jan xx

Linda said...

What a wise man that farmer is....LOVED the story and message.
Thank you so much for explaining what "On Ya" means...I had no idea it meant that. How wonderful :)

Love & Pooh Hugs,

Alice said...

Love the corn story. It makes such good sense :)........alice

Jeannette said...

That is a lovely story. I am always grateful for your daily blessings.

Janie said...

Very interesting story. TY for sharing it. As usual I am running behind. :( I did not know the meaning, thanks for letting me know. Hope you have a peaceful week. Janie

Kathy said...

What a great story. And the explanation of On Ya I love. You are truly a special person and I am sure the love you give is equal to the love you get.