Only the Wealthiest People

Audio / Produced by The High Calling


A poorly dressed woman walked into a five-star downtown hotel. She saw the front desk and smiled as she walked to the receptionist.

"I need to make a phone call," the woman said. "May I use your phone?" The receptionist said brusquely that her phone had no outside line.

Still smiling, the lady approached a businessman staring at his laptop. "I need to make a phone call," she said. "Could you spare fifty cents?" When he saw who was speaking, the businessman looked away. The woman thanked him pleasantly.

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. To each rebuff, a woman without resources was never without dignity. Almost anyone can spare fifty cents, but only those with inner wealth can invest each moment with personal goodwill—in the high calling of our daily work.

He who gives to the poor will lack nothing,
but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses.

(Prov. 28:27)