The boiled seeds of a wise King

A wise King was growing old and knew it was time to choose his successor. So he invited young people from his kingdom and told them, “It is soon time for me to step down and choose the next king. I have decided to choose one of you. I am going to give each one of you a seed today. I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from this seed. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next king.”

, The boiled seeds of a wise King

One of the boys, named Ling, planted the seed and watered it carefully. Every day, he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After some weeks, some of the other youths began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow. Ling kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew.

A year finally went by and all the youths of the kingdom brought their plants to the king for inspection. Ling took his empty pot to the palace. The other guys when they saw the empty pot laughed at him.

When the king started to examine the pots, spotted Ling at the back of the room with his empty pot.

, The boiled seeds of a wise King

The king asked his name. “My name is Ling,” he replied. All the other guys were laughing and making fun of him. The king asked everyone to quiet down. He looked at Ling, and then announced to the crowd, “The name of your new king is Ling!” Then the wise King said, “One year ago, I gave everyone here a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds that would not grow. All of you, except Ling, have brought me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Ling was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new king!”

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The story as you understand it has a didactic character by reminding us of the popular saying: “Whatever you sow, you will reap”, a phrase which comes from the Apostle Paul‘s Letter to the Galatians (6: 7): “God does cannot be deceived. For in the day of great crisis the man will reap that he sowed”.

So, if you plant honesty, you will reap trust.

, The boiled seeds of a wise King

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