How We Treat Others

Audio / Produced by The High Calling


A 10-year-old boy entered a coffee shop and sat down at a table.

"How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked.

"Fifty cents," the waitress said.

The boy surveyed the coins in his hand. "Well, how much is a dish of plain ice cream?"

"Thirty-five cents," she replied.

The boy again counted his coins. He said, "I'll have the plain ice cream."

The waitress brought his order. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left. When the waitress returned, tears welled up in her eyes. There, beside the empty dish, was the boy’s three-nickel tip.

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. We always have a choice about how we treat other people . . . in the high calling of our daily work.

As he looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. "I tell you the truth," he said, "this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on."

(Luke 21:1-4)