My wife passed this story along to me yesterday. Thank you, April!
A very wise person once noted that you can count the seeds in an apple, but you cannot count the apples in a seed. The thoughts we think, the words we say, the actions we take; all plant the seeds of potential futures.
The thing is we never know when the seeds we plant are going to benefit or bite us. If we look at life this way, we will make every effort to plant positive seeds and not negative ones. It’s an opportunity for us to help the world even as we do something in our own self-interest.
The following story demonstrates how a seed planted with kindness can bear positive fruit many years later. Enjoy.
GLASS OF MILK
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 so 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 pay for a kindness.”
The boy 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.
Many year’s later that same 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. Dr. Kelly returned to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day, he gave special attention to her case.
After a long struggle, the battle was won.
Dr. Kelly asked business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent to her room.
She feared to open it because 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 of the bill.
She read these words –
“Paid in full with one glass of milk.”
Dr. Howard Kelly.
Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: “Thank You, God, that Your love has spread broad through human hearts and hands.”
There’s a saying which goes something like this: Bread cast on the waters comes back to you. The good deed you do today may benefit you or someone you love at the least expected time. If you never see the deed again at least you will have made the world a better place – And, after all, isn’t that what life is all about?