R. Lee Sharpe

R. Lee Sharpe related, “One spring day when I was just a kid, my father called me to go with him to Trussell’s blacksmith shop. He had left a rake and a hoe to be repaired. And there they were ready, fixed like new. Father handed over a silver dollar for the repairing. But Mr. Trussell refused to take it.

‘No,’ he said, ‘there’s no charge for that little job.’

“But father insisted that he take payment.

“If I live to be a thousand years,” said Sharpe, “I’ll never forget that old blacksmith’s reply.

‘Sid,’ he said to my father, ‘can’t you let an old man do something now and then-just to stretch his soul?'”

It’s the old law. The giver receives more than the receiver gets. Bread cast upon the waters comes back a thousand-fold. One who stretches his soul into deeds of love and kindness, unfailingly reaps a just reward.