The Price Of True Success

When the pastor read the note, he knew instantly what he would do. During Hattie May’s memorial service, he carried her note and the cracked, red little purse to the pulpit. He told the story of her unselfish love, and challenged his members to get busy and raise enough money for a larger building.

A newspaper learned of the story and published it. A realtor read the story and sold the church very valuable land, for 57 cents. Church members made large donations. Checks came from far and wide. Within five years Hattie May’s gift had increased to $250,000, a huge sum at the turn of the century.

The next time you’re in Philadelphia, look up Temple Baptist Church, with a seating capacity of 3,300, and Temple University, where thousands of students are studying. Notice the Good Samaritan Hospital and a Sunday school building which houses hundreds each week, so large that no child will ever need to be left outside. In one of the rooms of the education building, see the picture of Hattie May Wiatt.

Wonder at what God did with her life. And wonder what he could do with yours.