Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, November, 2012

posted Nov 2, 2012, 7:07 AM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Nov 2, 2012, 7:07 AM ]

I have been enjoying good, fresh Lancaster County sweet corn all this summer and practically to the middle of October and the 1st hard frost. Even more than strawberries, raspberries, cherries, and peaches, not to mention watermelons and cantaloupes, I probably look forward to the sweet corn season which, as a super bonus, generally lasts considerably longer than most other fresh farm produce.

Perhaps you would be interested in the story about the farmer who was known for growing award-winning corn. He was known for annually entering his best corn in the regional fair where it invariably won a blue ribbon.

One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him to find out how he grew his blue-ribbon corn year after year. The reporter discovered something interesting. He learned that ’the farmer actually shared his best seed corn with his neighbors.

"How can you afford to share your best seed with your neighbors when they are entering their com in competition against yours each year?" the reporter asked.

"Why sir," said the farmer, "didn't you know? The wind picks up pollen from theripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors are growing inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my own corn crop. If I am to grow good corn, I have to help my neighbors grow good corn as well."

It's a simple and important principle. His corn crop cannot improve in quality unless his neighbors’ com also improves. He cannot succeed simply by watching out for himself as Number One. He succeeds best by helping his neighbors also succeed. That’s considered mutualism.

And that’s a proven principle that definitely applies to more than successfully growing corn. Whoever wants to succeed must help others to succeed as well.

Do you want to live in peace and harmony? That requires a willingness to help others live in peace, and the very peace they experience will add to your own.

Anyone wanting to live meaningfully and well should help to enrich the lives of others, for one’s own happiness and well being is bound up inextricably in the lives of those other persons he or she touches.

In other words, anyone wanting to grow a good corn crop needs to help the neighbors grow good corn. Call it mutualism. Call it a principle of success. Call it a law of life or our Maker’s plan for everyone to follow. Whatever it is called, the principle holds true that none of us truly wins until we all win.

I hope and pray there is an abundant com crop at Leola UMC, thriving constantly throughout all the seasons. Blessings in the coming Thanksgiving season.

George Weaver, Pastor of Maturing Ministries