One Dollar Integrity Lesson
Recently my family and I made a trip to the grocery store to gather supplies for the next week’s meals and take advantage of the sales of the week. We checked out and loaded the many bags into the back of the van. Before leaving the parking lot, I make a habit of checking over my receipts. This particular day I realized that I had been undercharged by $1.00.
It was around eight in the evening and we had all been through an exhausting day that day. Everything in me wanted to go home. After all, these corporations wouldn’t notice and I shop there so frequently, they practically owed me right?!
Praise the Lord, He gave us a still small voice of warning when we should proceed with caution. What was I teaching my children about integrity if I simply drove away? Reluctantly, I dug through my purse, found a dollar bill, crossed the parking lot again and entered the store.
I got to the customer service counter and discovered because of the late hour they were closed. Uff! This wasn’t worth it. I stood in line at the checkout counter, waiting to talk with the teller. When my turn arrived I stood there, with no groceries in hand, and explained the situation. It’s amusing the looks you get when you to the right thing! Confusion is the first reaction, followed by a sincere appreciation of finding out honest people still exist. I paid my dollar and exited, back to my van where my family waited. We discussed the situation and conclusively decided even though $1.00 isn’t a lot and we could have gotten away with it, the thing that mattered most was the One who could see it all.
Do I think God cared about that corporation’s $1.00. Not really, but I do think He cared about my heart and faithfulness to do the right thing. I do think He cared about the lesson it taught my children. Was it inconvenient? Yes. Did it make a lot of sense? No. But, it was the right thing. I want to be found faithful in the little things so God will entrust me with greater things.
Father, thank you for the still small voice of warning so we can sense when we might be tempted to do wrong. May we truly be found faithful in the little things of life that some might overlook. Amen.