Who Has Your Back?

Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.  The story that was shared this morning by one of our staff members was about Sir Winston Churchill.  It is probably a story that is not well known, so we thought we would share this incredible story with you all.  There was a poor Scottish farmer.  One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog.  He dropped his tools and ran to the bog.  There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself.  Farmer Fleming saved the boy from what could have been a slow and terrifying death.  The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman’s sparse surroundings.  An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy the farmer had saved.  “I want to repay you,” said the nobleman.  “You saved my son’s life”.  “No, I can’t accept payment for what I did”, the Scottish farmer replied, waving off the offer.  At that moment, the farmer’s own son came to the door of the family hovel.  “Is that your son?” the nobleman asked.  “Yes”, the farmer replied proudly.  “I’ll make you a deal.  Let me take him and give him a good education.  If the lad is anything like his father, he’ll grow to a man you can be proud of.”  And that he did.  In time, Farmer Fleming’s son graduated from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.  Years afterward, the nobleman’s son was stricken with pneumonia.  What saved him?  Penicillin.  The name of the nobleman?  Lord Randolph Churchill.  His son’s name was Sir Winston Churchill.  We all know the name of Winston Churchill from our history books and the incredible things that he accomplished in his life because one person showed him an incredible kindness that was returned creating an opportunity for another incredible man to make a mark on history and go on to save millions of lives.  There is a famous saying of “what goes around, comes around”.  Jesus said it another way in Luke 6:38, “Give and it will be given to you, good measure, pressed down, shaken and running over, will be poured into your lap.”  Be encouraged today to stand by your friends, show them love as Christ has called us to love our neighbors, the way He loves us.

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