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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. She thought he looked hungry so 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 man 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. Doctor 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.”

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Categories: Motivate Yourself
  1. Sachin
    July 5, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Interesting, very rare to find people like him >>>>

  2. Sachin
    July 5, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Sometimes people make decisions without giving a clear shot…..but later they realized that it was just a matter of misunderstanding…nothing else. A relation is like a china cup, once broken can be mended but the crack is always there…& sometimes no chance even to mend cos its too late then>>>

  3. rajeev
    July 8, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Lovely real life story. Hope everybody repays the kidness shown to them with kindness.

  4. reshma
    July 8, 2010 at 11:54 am

    awesome ….

  5. Romesh Goel
    July 8, 2010 at 12:32 pm


  6. dhriti
    July 9, 2010 at 2:19 pm


    July 10, 2010 at 10:35 am

    AWESOME Raj verry nice

  8. Heather
    July 13, 2010 at 3:49 am

    A very touching story. Thanks.

  9. July 19, 2010 at 10:07 am

    @ Sachin, Rajeev, Reshma, Romesh, Dhriti, Nimita & Heather – Thank you very much for the visit and warm comments 🙂

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