Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Farmer Forgiven

Once, there was a man who wanted to become successful, but he wanted to earn it. He was poor, and didn't have the means to start anything up. He had been raised on a farm, and knew farming, so he decided his best bet would be to start his own farm. He talked to a bank about getting a loan. They accepted, giving him a rather rigid repayment schedule, and expecting full repayment in the span of just 2 years.
The man started his farm, and lived off of the wealth he made. He would work hard, but would often take breaks to go hit the town with his friends. He was easily supporting himself, and making minimum payments on his loans. After all, it was still 2 years before the debt needed to be repaid. That was plenty of time. He didn't have to worry about it now. He just continued living the comfortable life that he had earned for himself.
However, all too quickly, those 2 years were up. The bank had given him the stipulation that if he hadn't paid back his debt entirely by the end of this time, they would take the farm from him. This would leave him jobless, homeless, and destitute. He didn't know what to do. He didn't have the money to pay the loan, and he couldn't lose his job. He begged and pleaded for an extension, but it was made very clear in the contract, no extensions. The man was given until the end of the month. He had no idea what he was going to do.
The end of the month came, and the loan officers came. The man had to either pay the rest of the debt, or give up his farm. When the man was about to sign over his farm to the bank, another man came in.
"I will pay his debt," the man said. The loan officer looked at him. "It doesn't matter where the money comes form, as long as the debt is paid, right?"
The loan officer nodded in agreement. The man continued, "Then I will pay the rest of the debt for him, and he can keep his farm, but I will be the official owner. Do you agree?" he asked the farm owner. He nodded in agreement."Then that is what we will do." The benefactor signed the necessary paperwork, and the debt was repaid.
After the loan officer left, the farm owner could only stare at his benefactor.
"Thank you so much," he said, fighting back tears. "I don't know how I could possibly repay you."
The benefactor smiled at him. "All I require is your hard work and do what I ask of you."
The farm owner readily agreed, tears now streaming down his face. From that point on, he worked hard, all day, never taking a break when there was work to be done. He lived modestly, and didn't squander his money on unnecessary things. He did everything his benefactor asked of him, and was rewarded for his service.

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