A dying man gathered his Lawyer, Doctor and Clergyman at his bedside and handed each of them an envelope containing $25,000 in cash. He made them each promise that after his death and during his repose, they would place the three envelopes in his coffin. He told them that he wanted to have enough money to enjoy the next life.
A week later the man died. At the wake, the Lawyer, the Doctor and the Clergyman each concealed an envelope in the coffin and bid their old client and friend farewell.
By chance, these three met a few months later. Soon the Clergyman, feeling guilty, blurted out a confession saying that there were only $10,000 in the envelope he placed in the coffin. He felt, rather than waste all the money, he would send it to a Mission in Africa.
He asked them for their forgiveness. The Doctor, moved by the gentle Clergyman's sincerity, confessed that he too had kept some of the money for a worthy medical charity. The envelope, he admitted, had only $8,000 in it. He said he, too, could not bring himself to waste the money so frivolously when it could be used to benefit some of his uninsured patients.
By this time the Lawyer was seething with self-righteous outrage. He expressed his deep disappointment in the felonious behavior of two of his oldest and most trusted friends.
The Lawyer said, "I am the only one who kept his promise to our dying friend. I want you both to know that the envelop I placed in the coffin contained the full amount. Indeed, my envelope contained my personal check for the entire $25,000."