The Most Fun Isn't Money

The Most Fun Isn't Money

Larry lived in Pittsburgh where his father was a multi-millionaire. With all that money in his family—"the Mellon Millions," people called it—Larry Mellon could have everything he wanted when he was a boy—dogs, boats, ponies. Later in his teens he had riding horses, automobiles and a speed motorboat. He went to a rich man's college, but after one year he didn't go back to school. Perhaps he just wanted to be a playboy and have fun, for he had lots of money he could spend.

But one day something new and strange happened to Larry. He was looking through a picture magazine when he suddenly stopped turning the pages. There he read the story of a great musician, a famous organist, who had given up his fortune and his fame to go to Africa as a doctor. This man wanted to work as a medical missionary among the poor, sick black men who lived in the African jungles. The man's name was Dr. Albert Schweitzer.

"Why can't I do that, too?" Larry asked himself. He remembered that when he had traveled once to the West Indies he had seen the black women and children of Haiti covered with soil, and he saw that they were underfed and sick with disease. He had never quite forgotten what he saw. Now he remembered how sick and miserable they were.

"Why can't I become a doctor, too?" Larry asked himself again. "I can if I go back to school, and besides I've got the money to finish college, to learn how to become a doctor, and I can even build my own hospital for the poor people of Haiti."

So Larry went back to college for seven years. He graduated as a doctor with the skill and ability to help and heal sick people.

Then Larry did a very wonderful and unselfish thing. He took two million dollars of his own money and built in Haiti, in the midst of the poor, sick people, one of the finest hospitals in all the world. He built three operating rooms into his hospital. For that hot climate he made his hospital air-conditioned, and because there are sometimes earthquakes and cyclones in Haiti, he made his hospital earthquake-proof and cyclone-proof.

Now everyday the poor, sick women come to Dr. Larry and to his hospital to be cured. Dr. Larry Mellon has other nurses and doctors to help him.

"I am having the most fun I have ever had in my whole life," said Dr. Larry. "I know that to spend money isn't fun. I have learned that the most fun in life is not having money but helping others."

Then he points out the window at the front of his hospital. "But all this would never have happened but for that man out there." And there in front of this hospital, floodlighted at night beside a beautiful fountain, is a statue of Dr. Albert Schweitzer, whose life as a medical missionary of Christ in Africa taught Larry the great joy of serving God by helping others.

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