Compassion and Cooperation

By Zig Ziglar

January 20, 2021 3 min read

The largest seminary in the world is Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

However, there were some rough roads to be traveled along the way. During the depression years of the 1930s, the seminary had to cut faculty salaries by 10 percent. Music teachers had no salary, but survived by charging students for music lessons. The day finally came, however, when finances were so short that no salaries could be paid, and faculty members accepted donations of food from local Texas churches.

In September of that year, Southwestern's president, L.R. Scarborough, brought a report to the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee that was filled with emotion.

Scarborough said: "Brethren, we are through at Southwestern. For two years, we haven't paid faculty salaries. We have nothing with which to meet expenses. Our percentage of the allocation will not see us through another year. Here is my resignation, and I turn over to you the seminary property. You'll have to sell it to pay our debts, and Southwestern will go out of existence."

After a few moments of stunned silence, Sampey, the president of Southern Seminary, arose and said: "I may lose my job for what I'm about to say. Southern Seminary has some income from endowments on which we can live. I move that Southern Seminary's apportionment be cut and the difference given to Southwestern."

This action was taken, and Southwestern survived. The unselfish compassion and cooperation averted a financial disaster, and a force for good was able to continue. That unselfish action taken nearly 70 years ago has had and will continue to have long-lasting effects on our society and make it a better place to live. Apply unselfish action in all phases of your life. Do it, and I'll see you at the top!

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