The lowly peanut has a big role in modern life: A special menu developed by the National Peanut Council has featured peanut soup, peanut-fed ham, sweet potatoes with peanut sauce, green salad with peanut oil, peanut-buttermilk biscuits and peanut cake. This unique repast dramatizes the importance and value of peanut production.
In praise of the lowly goober, it has been said that the peanut is a constant companion of good appetites and is the most versatile of all crops. Throughout many world areas it is the most common substitute for meat and also fills the need for oil in human diets.
The peanut has many other aptitudes. It is the basis for many cosmetics, shaving creams and hair lotions. Peanut oil is widely used in chemistry and in commercial enterprises. Fed to hogs, it makes the tastiest hams. When the hay of the peanut vine is eaten by cows, deliciously sweet milk results.
During World War II, in response to America's vast need for vegetable oil, almost five million U.S. farm acres were devoted to peanut production. Most of the problems faced by the peanut industry today stem from the necessity of reducing this big wartime level of production to the smaller acreage needed for peacetime uses.
Peanut production is a good source of cash income for Mississippi growers, although this state is outranked by Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia and several other states in total output. Last year's national peanut crop was valued at about $165 million.
Would it not be good for every church and every community if every professing Christian were as good for many services as are goobers in the many products they make realities?
We find inspiration and encouragement in these words: "Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost" (Romans 15:13).
"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, immoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in die Lord" (I Corinthians 15:58).
"For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ" (II Corinthians 1:5).