A peasant used to go into the neighboring town to take the butter from his farm
to supply a baker and pastry cook. He carried in five pounds daily, and took
back five pounds of bread for his family. Now one day the baker thought that he
would weigh the butter. To his surprise he found that it was half a pound short.
The next morning he took the farmer to task, but the man was not in the least
embarrassed. He answered quietly, “That was not my fault sir, I could not help
it. I have no weights in my house, so this is what I do. I put the bread that I
have bought from you in one scale and my butter in the other, and then I know
when I have the right quantity.” The baker was thoroughly ashamed and from that
time forth was careful to give his customers full weight.
With the same measure that a person measures out to his fellow men, God will
measure out to him.