Getting Ahead: ‘The package is not the seed’

By John G. Pfeifer - Religion Writer

We are in a hot political season right before a presidential election. People are passionate about their side. Politicians are proclaiming their promises on what they will do to benefit us. They package a plan to a better life through a variety of plans and programs.

In my lifetime there have been 17 presidential and many federal, state, and local elections. Every candidate I can remember made some very attractive promises but only a few carried them out. The package we vote for might not be what is sealed up inside of it.

In the early 1970s, my friend and I decided to plant a garden. We both were raised on food grown in the garden and we wanted to experience fresh vegetables again. We bought packages of seed, planted the seed in rows and at the end of the row we attached the empty package on a stake. By doing this we would know what was planted in each row.

Time went by and the garden was growing. In our cucumber row we noticed that the cucumbers were doing really well. They were growing bigger than we ever imaged. They finally grew so big that we thought we might enter them in the Ohio State Fair.

We told my friend’s dad that he just had to see our giant cucumbers. He came over and when he saw them he started to chuckle. He said: “Boys those are zucchini.” He didn’t give the cucumber package a second look. The seed was not what was advertised on the package.

Unfortunately many politicians offer a package that does not reflect what is inside. In life there are many things that are not what they are advertised to be. Is there a source that always represents the truth? Is that source available to everyone?

These are the life issues we discuss at the Gathering Place every Sunday morning at 10:30 and Wednesday evening at 7.


John Pfeifer

By John G. Pfeifer

Religion Writer