Tested by a Quarter

>> Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Several years ago, a preacher accepted a call to a church in Houston, Texas. Some weeks after he arrived, he had an occasion to ride the bus from his home to the downtown area. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him a quarter too much in change. As he considered what to do, he thought, you’d better give the quarter back. It would be wrong to keep it.
Then he thought, oh, forget it. It’s only a quarter. Who would worry about this little amount? Anyway the bus company gets too much fare. They will never miss it. Accept it as a gift from God and just keep quiet.

When his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door, and then he handed the quarter to the driver. “Here, you gave me too much change.”

The driver, with a smile, replied, “Aren’t you the new preacher in town?”

“Yes.”

“Well, I have been thinking a lot lately about going somewhere to worship. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change. I’ll see you at church on Sunday.”

When the preacher stepped off the bus, he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, held on, and said, “Oh God, I almost sold your Son for a quarter.”

(Author Unknown)

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” Luke 16:10 (NIV)


4 comments:

Joy Bach June 22, 2011 at 7:09 AM  

Thanks, Cat. Makes you think, doesn't it?

Lisa Mikitarian June 23, 2011 at 5:41 AM  

Yikes! How easy it is to MESS it up!!!! Great object lesson.

Joy Bach June 23, 2011 at 8:04 PM  

Hello Lisa. It takes constant awareness doesn't it?

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