- When William McKinley was President of the United States, he had to
make a decision about the appointment of an ambassador to a foreign
country. Two candidates were equally qualified.
While McKinley was still a Congressman, he had observed an
inconsiderate action by one of the men. He recalled boarding a
streetcar at the rush hour and getting the last vacant seat. Soon an
elderly woman got on, carrying a heavy clothes basket. No one got up
to offer her a seat, so she walked the length of the car and stood
in the aisle, hardly able to keep her balance as the vehicle swayed
from side to side.
One of the men McKinley was later to consider for ambassador was
sitting next to where the woman was standing. Instead of getting up
and helping her, he deliberately shifted his newspaper so it would
look like he hadn't seen her. When McKinley noticed this, he walked
down the aisle, graciously took her basket, and offered her his
The man was unaware that anyone was watching, but that one little
act of selfishness would later deprive him of perhaps the crowning
honor of his lifetime.
We must always remember that we have received undeserved grace and
mercy from the Lord and as undeserved recipients, we must offer that
same grace and mercy towards our fellow man who is in need. We are
to be of the same mind at all times offering blessings,
encouragement, and simply try our best to represent our Savior with
our whole heart. By doing these simple acts of love, we will be
sowing into the hearts of men seeds that will grow and be manifested
where they will never be forgotten by those who received.