A Load of Hay

In “Hard Money Populism” I mentioned Congressman Ron Paul’s coming to Texas A&M University a few years ago to speak to the Young Republican Club and that the attendance was embarrassingly small. I said that he was a good sport about it and nevertheless gave them “the whole load.”

I don’t know how many readers may have misunderstood what I meant by the whole load, but I know of one, which is one too many. It came from the following story, which I heard many years ago. I don’t know the origin of the story.  

 A young preacher arrived at a small country church to preach his very first sermon. Unfortunately, a heavy snow storm had limited his congregation to only one wise-looking old farmer.

The young preacher asked the farmer what he should do.  

The farmer said, “Well, I don’t know much about preaching, but I do know about farming. If I went out to the pasture with a load of hay to feed my cattle and only one cow showed up, I would certainly feed that cow.”

The young preacher said “Great. Sit down and I’ll preach you a sermon.”                        

The farmer sat down and the young preacher preached a fire and brimstone sermon that lasted 45 long minutes. When the preacher finally wound down, he asked the farmer what he thought about his first sermon.

The farmer thought for a moment and said, “Well, as I said, I don’t know about preaching, but I do know about farming. Like I told you, if I went out to the pasture with a load of hay to feed my cattle and only one cow showed up, I’d feed it. But I sure wouldn’t give it the whole load.”

                         

                         

                         

                         

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  1. Ernest Dupuis says:

    I heard the same story many years ago. I’m usually not good at remembering such things but this one stuck with me. This weakness is really a good thing since it lets me enjoy most stories anew each time it is repeated.

    I don’t remember my source of the story but its long endurance validates it’s place as a really good one.

  2. Wii Homebrew says:

    This is probably one of the best mentions of this topic I’ve seen in quite a while. It’s obvious that your knowledge of the subject is deep and this made for a very interesting read.