THOMAS DREIER TELLS the story of a an eighty-year-old man who was in the process of planting a young peach tree.
The old man’s neighbor asked, “Do you expect to eat peaches from that tree?”
“No,” he said.
“At my age I know I won’t.
But all my life I’ve enjoyed peaches–never from a tree I had planted myself.
I wouldn’t have had peaches if other men hadn’t done what I’m doing now.
I’m just trying to pay the other fellows who planted peach trees for me.” (David Dunn, “Bread Upon The Waters,” Trying Giving Yourself Away, 1947, 22).
THOUGHT: We are often unconscious of the fruits of our own thoughtfulness, and likewise of the thoughtfulness other saints have invested for our benefit, perhaps many years ago.
Shouldn’t we be planting peach trees for future generations (Eccl. 3:2; 1 Cor. 3:6; John 4:35-38)?