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A glass of Milk, paid in Full

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 pay 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.

Year’s 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. Kelly requested the 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, 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 of the bill. She began to read the following words:

“Paid in full with one glass of milk.

Signed, Dr. Howard Kelly.”

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  • Shikha pandey May 27, 2013, 12:38 pm

    My family taught me to help others from my childhood, but this story again showed me the new light. Thanx.

  • David April 20, 2013, 9:40 am

    You guys are doing a great job. Please keep the good work up.

  • K S S Mallikharjuna Sarma April 18, 2013, 3:53 am

    Good story, tears…. I have shared with my friends and followers.

  • Raji Kannan April 16, 2013, 1:11 am

    Really a good story with a good message

  • Eva March 31, 2013, 5:48 pm

    This is a very nice story…. inspiring…. Thank you for posting this….

  • Murali March 8, 2013, 5:14 am

    We all should be glad to help each other, this makes life so beautiful !

  • Sangeetha March 6, 2013, 8:37 am

    It is a very, very intersting story. I like it and all of them on this site. Should surely read them.

  • Priya Verma March 4, 2013, 1:20 pm

    Great story …. Every good thing deserves another… A great story to learn from….

  • Munir Akhtar March 1, 2013, 12:38 am

    A very touchy and emotional story. I know a world renoun and top cardiac surgeon of Pakistan who was adopted and educated by someone. In return he gave back all he can to the family members after the death of his God Father.

  • Himanshu February 12, 2013, 8:09 am

    Really too kind and touching story . 🙁

  • DURGADEVI February 3, 2013, 9:14 pm

    Lovely story

  • Nyebe February 2, 2013, 11:10 am

    Oh touching. It brought tears to my eyes. Wish we could all be kind to one another.

  • Rhy January 26, 2013, 6:24 pm

    I like it..don’t forget those people who owed you once.

  • Nam January 24, 2013, 2:32 am


  • Aye Chan Aung January 22, 2013, 11:54 am

    Really a wonderful story which can prove that the good we do comes back to us:) Thanks a lot:)

  • James Monahan January 10, 2013, 11:36 am

    Wow now if that would happen in real life now a days.

  • Mahesh Deep January 4, 2013, 8:31 pm

    It is a great story, I like it.. I hope in the future you also publish this type of story.

  • Sreenath January 2, 2013, 3:23 am

    Hoo it’s soo nice….

  • BIRENDRA December 27, 2012, 12:30 am

    It is just a too good story, which made me to wow and tears in my eyes 🙂

    Thanks for such a great story.

  • Maryam December 22, 2012, 5:12 am

    It is better you know the game of life is a game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later with astounding accuracy.

  • ♥Charm♥ December 20, 2012, 7:02 pm

    Such a great story. Little kindness is paid back greatly. Awesome!

  • Paulbii kenya December 10, 2012, 1:46 pm

    God’s angel was in kelly, very touching and awesome

  • Alisha December 8, 2012, 8:47 am

    It is an awesome story and Kelly you are also superb.

  • Lea mae Ede December 7, 2012, 5:09 am

    I can relate to this story… I remember the day when the tricycle driver drove me to the place I was looking for. he did’t ask me to pay because I didn’t have enough money to pay for his service. He was such a good example of God’s shepherd. I pray for him. Thanks Manong.

  • Bunty December 1, 2012, 1:16 pm

    Very, very inspiring and interesting story. It is very true that, “be kindful to others, God will be kindful to you”.

  • Sakthi November 28, 2012, 5:52 am

    Now a days, people receive help from others then totally forget the favors…. Kelly, really it’s superb and awesome…. heart touching quote at last…

  • Judy Plunkett November 28, 2012, 4:09 am

    Great story, as they all are, I never thouhgt I would enjoy reading so much, or talking about the stories that I have read, please keep them coming.

  • Mosopefoluwa November 27, 2012, 5:44 pm

    Do good to all regardless of the situation. Don’t hold back.

  • Ahmed suhail November 14, 2012, 5:02 am

    Nice story!

  • Genevieve November 9, 2012, 8:43 am

    GOD is so Great!!!

    Thank you to the one who made the story. Please keep sharing stories like this.

  • Anum November 7, 2012, 1:15 pm

    It’s amazing. I really like it…

  • Anuj November 7, 2012, 4:12 am

    Heart touching! Thank you.

  • Shikha November 6, 2012, 3:05 am

    As you saw so shall you reap. God’s watching each one of us..

  • Raghu Rama Rao October 26, 2012, 5:16 am

    It is good and inspiring…!

  • Prashanth V K R October 10, 2012, 5:47 am

    Heart touching really. . .

  • Kieth October 8, 2012, 10:10 am

    Aaawww… touching :’)

  • savi September 29, 2012, 11:11 pm

    Lovely story!

  • Usha Rani September 26, 2012, 6:30 pm

    It is a fabulous story, I can’t say anything more. It is such a fantastic story and one more thing, this helped me a lot to complete my project work.

  • FIROJ September 19, 2012, 7:31 am

    Really! What a nice story. I like it.

  • Raju Philip September 10, 2012, 5:27 am

    Great story… inspiring..

  • Cathy September 1, 2012, 10:07 pm

    A beautiful and fearfelt story!!

  • Sumedha August 29, 2012, 4:04 am

    This story is too good. It brought tears in my eyes on reading. I am definitely going to share it with my husband and family. I have been implementing it and have experienced unasked for help too. On reading the story my belief got stronger.

  • Tshering August 22, 2012, 4:59 am

    Glass of milk saving the life? It is a wonderful story. Thank you.

  • pravallika August 20, 2012, 7:21 am

    It is a fantastic story for kids. I love it and it is very inspirable story.

  • Veenasa August 17, 2012, 1:16 am

    Read it before but story still has the same fragrance……….great story 🙂

  • Benjamin August 12, 2012, 12:13 pm

    Wow wow this is actually a true story and I’m so blessed by it. It shows a person reaps what he sows. Never tire in doing good cos at the right time you will be rewarded if you do not give up. The case with this woman.

  • Masooba August 3, 2012, 12:47 pm

    Awesome story. I really like it!

  • Phoebe August 1, 2012, 12:03 pm

    That was a truly inspiring story… *one good turn truly deserves another*

  • Daniel Smith August 1, 2012, 5:49 am

    GOD is there to help people. His plans for us are mysteries.

  • Ellen Bilar July 30, 2012, 4:03 am

    Never be weary in well doing, for in due season, we shall reap if we faint not. Galatians:6:9

  • Hannah July 29, 2012, 1:36 am

    So the saying that Being kind to a person makes them be kind to you too. Heart touching :*

  • Venkat July 23, 2012, 8:45 pm

    Very nice story, heart touching.

  • Saad July 23, 2012, 1:36 am

    Really an awesome story!

  • Nathan July 22, 2012, 7:36 am

    Wow what a story!!!

  • Drish_12 July 13, 2012, 10:08 am

    Nice story, very inspirational and awesome….

  • Hamza July 9, 2012, 6:14 am

    Great lesson…….and nice story

  • Raghav July 8, 2012, 9:02 pm

    Awesome one

  • Sharaf July 4, 2012, 4:58 am

    Nice story. I got good message from this story. Thanks a lot.

  • Deepak July 4, 2012, 4:38 am

    Doing good thing for someone somewhere will always help you someday somewhere.

  • Shreyas July 3, 2012, 7:12 am

    So inspiritional story…!!!! Wonderfull…Awsm !!!!

  • Naveen kumar S June 26, 2012, 2:43 am

    Nice story..

  • Nemer Kassim June 23, 2012, 11:30 pm

    Do good to deserve good… Interesting and inspiring story

  • BingDG June 19, 2012, 2:40 am

    Incredibly good and inspiring….No act of KINDNESS, however small, is ever wasted…..

  • Dorjee Woeser June 15, 2012, 11:42 am

    I have read these three stories…. what goes around comes around, the story of a blind girl, and A Glass of Milk-Paid In Full…

    They are simply awesome… inspiring… heart-felt narrations… incredible… reflects the real meaning of our live… I really like the theme of the plots…. thanks for posting such wonderful drops of writtings……

  • Joel S Das June 11, 2012, 4:06 am

    I have treasured this story among many others. When I feel very low I open these beautiful stories and get inspired; renew my vow to do good, to be kind! May God bless all those who have read this story and have pledged gratitude! I love you all!

  • Chenab June 10, 2012, 9:44 am

    It is truly a heart touching story… it encourages me to help others….. THANXXX..

  • Jason May 26, 2012, 5:47 pm

    Hey.. wow very nice story.. what a kind lady and what a helpful boy… some of us like receiving but not giving…. HE DID THE RITE THING T_T he’s good…. 🙂

  • Pankaj May 22, 2012, 4:00 am

    Very good story friends.

  • Vijaya May 21, 2012, 12:57 am

    Absolutely touching story…

  • Aamir Mirza May 20, 2012, 4:50 am

    Excellent & touching story ………

  • Anne May 16, 2012, 4:29 am

    Excellent.. I will share it to my kids…

  • HAZALE May 10, 2012, 1:35 am

    It was a very touching story indeed.. and it make me realize that it is better to help other people without asking for any return from them and the kindness we show others are stored up for the future.

  • Afila May 7, 2012, 4:58 am

    Avery touching story indeed… made me think of how the little kindness we show others are stored up for the future.

  • L.R. SHORI May 2, 2012, 4:26 am

    It is an old saying for everybody on earth “AS YOU SOW SO SHALL YOU REAP” . Story itself throws flood of light to convey that one should always contribute humanity towards society. Thanks.

  • Allan Buena May 1, 2012, 8:29 am

    It’s a very nice story. Share what we have and share it with heart.

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