The year was 1891. The place? Stanford University. The occasion? A concert that had been scheduled by an ambitious 18-year-old college student.
The weather was rainy and depressing. The student had enrolled at Stanford, with little money. He’d been orphaned at 8 years of age and was forced to get odd jobs just to survive. On this rain-soaked evening, he’d scheduled the famous pianist, PADEREWSKI, to perform a concert. The attendance was so poor this young college student was unable to meet the expenses and keep the commitments he had previously promised.
When PADEREWSKI learned of the young man’s predicament, he refused to accept his normal fee and thanked the young man for even inviting him to come.
Thirty years later, PADEREWSKI served as Premier of Poland. The world was recovering from the wounds of the first World War. Europe was on the brink of hopelessness and starvation. 3,000 miles away, in the United States, a man was collecting food.
One day, the man with the food knocked on the door of the Premier of Poland. “Sir,” he said, “I have come to assist the starving people of Poland. Would you consider this as partial payment for the fee you cancelled 30 years ago at Stanford University?”
And with that, HERBERT HOOVER had paid his debt.
The story is true and so is the unalterable principle: Whatever you sow, you will also reap.
Your future will be nothing more and nothing less than a harvest from the seeds you are sowing today.
So, what are you sowing?
© 2013. Barry L. Cameron
Barry Cameron is a devoted father and husband, bestselling author, dynamic communicator, and Senior Pastor of Crossroads Christian Church. Crossroads has a gorgeous, 150-acre campus in Grand Prairie, Texas. Barry’s latest book, The Road to Financial Freedom, came out in the fall of 2020 and is available on Amazon. It’s another game changer for individuals and families who want to fix their finances once and for all.
Barry and his wife, Janis, have three children: Katie, Matt and Kelli. A daughter-in-law, Lindley and a son-in law, Johnny. They also have two grandsons, Will and Levi. Their family has been completely debt free since November 15, 2001.
Crossroads Christian Church has been debt free since November 9, 2008.