Building Others Up

22 01 2011

A Chinese farmer was tending his rice paddy up in the mountain terraces overlooking the valley and the sea.  One day he saw the beginning of a tidal wave–the sea retreated, leaving a wide portion of the bay exposed–and he knew that the water would return with force, destroying everything in the valley.  He thought of his friends working in the valley and decided to set his rice field on fire.  His friends immediately ran up the mountain to put the fire out and thus missed being killed in the tidal wave.  As a result of this spirit of helping one another, their lives were saved.

The lesson is clear.

The golden rule also brings about practical benefits to everyone involved.

– Bible Study Guide, January 20, 2011

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