A young man was selling goods to help pay his way through school. He had only one coin left that day, and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost nerve when the lady opened the door—and so instead, asked only for a glass of water. She thought he looked hungry, and so she brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly, and then he said, ‘‘How much do I owe you?’’
‘‘You don’t owe me anything,’’ the woman replied. ‘‘Mother taught us never to accept pay for kindness.’’
The lad said, ‘‘Then I thank you from my heart.’’
The boy’s name was Howard Kelly. As he left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but His faith in God and His love for people were stronger also.’’
Years later, that woman became critically ill. The local doctors sent her to the big city, where they called in a specialist.
Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town from which she came, he immediately went to the room where she lay. Dressed in his doctor’s gown, Kelly went in to see her. He recognized her face, and went back to the consultation room, determined to do his very best to save her life.
From that day, Kelly gave special attention to the case, and the woman recovered and was able to go home. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill on to him for approval. He looked at the bill, wrote something on the edge of it—and it was sent to her home.
She feared opening the invoice when it came. She was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay it all. When she opened the envelope, something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She read these words: ‘‘Paid in full—with one glass of milk.’’ It was signed—‘‘Dr. Howard Kelly.’’
Giving to the poor is a good investment. It pays rich dividends.