Kevin Conrad, in “Wisdom for Faithful Living Today,” shares this story:
In 1940, Clarence Jordan founded Koinonia Farm in Americus, Georgia, as a haven for racial unity and cooperation. In 1954, the Ku Klux Klan burned every building on the farm except Jordan’s home.
In the midst of the raid, Jordan recognized the voice of a local newspaper reporter. The next day, the reporter showed up for a story about the arson while the rubble was still smoldering. He found Jordan in a field, planting seeds. He said to Jordan, “I heard the awful news of your tragedy last night, and I came out to do a story on the closing of your farm.”
Jordan just kept planting and hoeing. The reporter continued his prodding, with no response from Jordan. Finally, the reporter said, “You’ve got two Ph.D.’s, you’ve put 14 years into this farm, and now there’s nothing left. Just how successful do you think you’ve been?”
With that statement, Jordan stopped hoeing. He said to the reporter, “You just don’t get it, do you? You don’t understand us Christians. What we are about is not success, but faithfulness.”