Planting His Crop In Rocky Soil

forrest-allenThe young man looked out over the frozen Wyoming landscape dotted with scrubbrush growing from rocky soil.  This land was now his, but could he make something of it?  If he planted something, would it grow?  Could he make it on nothing but hard work and determination?  Yes.  Yes he could.

 

 

The Thrifty Preacher

Reverend Vertue Sharp was a Methodist minister and farmer who lived his life by the words of Jesus in Matthew 25 in which we are taught that whatever we do for the “least of these” we do for him.  Middlesettlements

Reverend Sharp sought to live out this teaching by leaving his estate of $2 million to two eastern Tennessee area hospitals upon is death in 1999 at the age of 94.  Reverend Sharp accumulated his wealth thanks to wise investing, frugal living, and the sale of his farm.

Thanks to Vertue Sharp and his selfless generosity, many of eastern Tennessee’s most vulnerable residents will receive the care and attention they need to live healthy and happy lives.  Another Surprise Millionaire lives out their life’s mission by helping others in their community.

 

Paying It Forward

Another classic!  I found this news segment regarding one of my early Surprise Millionaires Loren Krueger. This story of giving and “paying it forward” resonated with so many people when I first published my post, that I wanted to bring the related video to your attention as well.  It’s a very heartwarming story.

 

Salt Of The Earth

Like I was saying, farmers really are “salt of the earth” great people.  I was touched by another farm couple (video) who blessed their community upon passing.  There is really a lesson to be learned from these folks.  Living a simple life blessed with relationships rather than material goods is really the way to go.  I hope this is something the current generation can embrace and not forget.  I have linked to a bonus video in which people fondly remember the sweet couple.

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