Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Inspiring Story: Kindness Pays

One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from 
door to door to pay his way through school, found 
he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry.

He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. 
However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman
opened the door. Instead of a meal he asked for a drink
 of water.

Young woman thought he looked hungry so she brought him
a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly, and then asked, 
"How much do I owe you?"

"You don't owe me anything," she replied "Mother has taught
 us never to accept payment for a kindness." 

He said... "Then I thank you from my heart."

As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt; stronger 
physically, but his faith in God and mankind was strong also. 
He had been ready to give up and quit.

Years later that young woman became critically ill. 
The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to 
the big city, where they called in specialists to study her 
rare disease. Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. 

When he heard the name of the town she came from, 
a strange light filled his eyes. Immediately he rose and 
went down the hall of the hospital to her room.

Dressed in his doctor's gown he went in to see her. 
He recognized her at once. He went back to the 
consultation room determined to do his best to save 
her life. From that day he gave special attention 
to the case.

After a long struggle, the battle was won. Dr. Howard Kelly 
requested the business office to pass the final bill to him 
for approval. He looked at it, and then wrote something 
on the edge and the bill was sent to her room.

She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take 
the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally, she looked, 
and something caught; her attention on the side as 
she read these words.....

"Paid in full with one glass of milk" 
(Signed - Dr. Howard Kelly)

Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: 
"Thank You, GOD, that Your love has spread abroad 
through human hearts and hands."

Moral: When a flower blooms, its colour and scent 
first touch the garden near it, and then spread. 
In the same way, The acts of human kindness 
should first touch those nearest to him, 
his family and his neighbours.