Making Soap to the Glory of God.

A sixteen-year-old boy was told by his father that he must leave home and make his way in the world. With all his possessions wrapped in a small bundle he started off. As he trudged along toward the big city he met a canal boat captain to whom he opened his heart.

The boy had learned soap making at home, so the captain, who was a noble Christian, gave him this advice: “Some one will be the leading soap maker in New York and it may as well be you as anyone. I hope it may. Be a good man; give your heart to Christ; give the Lord all that belongs to him of any fortune you earn; make an honest soap; give a full pound, and I am certain you will succeed.”

They knelt on the towpath and the old man prayed. The boy went on to the big city. He followed the advice of his friend to the letter. He secured a position as a soap maker, was promoted rapidly, and finally became the owner of one of the nation’s soap industries.

His name was William Colgate. At first he gave a tenth of all his income, then gave two tenths, then three, then four, then five. In middle age he settled all his plans for life and gave the whole of his income to the Lord.

“But this I say, He that soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he that soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully” – 2 Cor. 9:6.

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