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 L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.