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THE ONE ACT OF FARMER FLEMING

A poor Scottish farmer by the name of Fleming was working in his field one day when he heard a cry coming from a nearby swamp. Immediately he dropped his tools and rushed toward the sound of the cries.

When he got to the swamp, he saw a terrified young boy trying to fight his way out of the thick, black muck, and with little success. Farmer Fleming carefully waded into the swamp, grabbed the boy and saved him from what would have been a very slow and painful death.

The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Fleming's small, rundown farmhouse. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy farmer Fleming had saved the day before. "I want to repay you," said the nobleman. "You saved my son's life."

"No, I can't accept payment for what I did," Fleming replied. At that moment, a young boy came to the door of the farmhouse.

"Is that your son?" the nobleman asked.

"Yes," replied the farmer.

"I have a proposition for you," the nobleman continued. "Let me take your son with me and give him as good an education as money can buy. If the lad is anything like his father, he will grow up to be a man you can be proud of."

Knowing how expensive an education was and that he would never be able to afford for his son to have an education the farmer agreed. In time, his son would graduate from St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London and became known throughout the world as Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of penicillin.

But that's not the end of the story. Year's later, that same nobleman's son was stricken with pneumonia. His life was saved by, you guessed it...penicillin.  The nobleman's name was Lord Randolf Churchill. His son's name was Winston. Yes, that Winston Churchill.

Do you ever wonder if what you're doing is making a difference to anyone? Do you give up or never get involved because you think you'll never make a difference? History has proven over and over that God always blesses those who sow and water. There is nothing you do for God that is insignificant!

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward