Manure in my wallet

It may be gross, but it can also do a lot of good.

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When I was about nine I had a sleepover at a friend’s house. One of his before-school chores was to round up the family’s cow for milking. It was mid-winter and the icy frost was no invitation for my bare feet.

After what seemed like an eternity of running through frozen paddocks, my feet were aching, so my thoughtful friend let me in on a trick that I’ve never forgotten—nor repeated. He said, “Follow close behind the cow and when she lays a steaming warm pat, stand in it.”

I was so desperate that I took his advice. It worked perfectly. I just wished that she’d lay a pat every few feet so I could have heated stepping-stones all the way to the milking shed!

Cow manure has many great uses but the downside is obvious; when you get too much of it in one place, it stinks.

Clint Murchison Jr, founder of the Dallas Cowboys, is credited with saying, “Money is like manure. Pile it up and it stinks, but spread it around and it does a lot of good.”

So there you have it, we’ve got manure in our wallets!

Let’s spread it around, for good.


Julian Archer is the founder of Faith
 vs Finance—a global ministry working with Christians who seek to maintain a vibrant relationship with Jesus amidst the pressures of materialism and self-centred lifestyles.