Christian Stories "McKinley's Choice" was Written by Peter O'Neill for 21st Century Christianity.
President McKinley was considering the appointment of a minister to a foreign country. There were two candidates, their qualifications almost equal. Which one did he appoint? The President told the story of an incident which decided his choice.
before, when he was a Representative, he boarded a streetcar one night
& took the last vacant seat. Shortly afterwards an old
washerwoman entered, carrying a heavy basket. She walked the length of
the car & stood in the aisle, no one offering her a seat.
One of the men the President was to consider later, was sitting in a seat opposite where she was standing. He shifted the paper so as not to see her. Mr. McKinley walked down the aisle, picked up her basket of washing, & gave her his seat. The candidate never knew that this little act of selfishness had deprived him of perhaps the crowning honor of a lifetime.
the little things we do and say
That mean so much as we go our way,
A kindly deed can lift a load
From weary shoulders on the road,
Or a gentle word, like summer rain,
May soothe some heart and banish pain.
What joy or sadness often springs
From just the simple little things!