The Quaker spiritual writer, Douglas Van Steere tells of

a potato farmer he once knew in Michigan. The man

was frugal to a fault. He was so tight that he planted

only the peelings of his potatoes as seed. He fed the

insides to his livestock.

His method worked fine in years when there was plenty

of moisture. But when the rains failed, he nearly always

lost his crop. In years of drought, only the farmers who

planted whole potatoes enjoyed a harvest.

Van Steere teaches that, in our spiritual lives, it’s only

when we plant the whole of ourselves, not just life’s

“peelings,” that we reap a bountiful harvest. He quotes

a line from the Spanish philosopher Miguel de Unamuno:

“Sow yourselves, sow the living part of yourselves, in

the furrows of life.”