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Deuteronomy 25:15, Proverbs 16:11, Jeremiah 5:1

I’ve been on a lot of errands over the last few days.  At one store, I purchased two mylar balloons, two latex balloons and some Hi Float to make the balloons last longer.  The total was under $15.  When I got home, I decided to look at the receipt before tossing it.  I discovered that I was only charged for the mylar balloons and the Hi Float.  I figured out that they undercharged me about $3.  It was night by that time, and, even though they were open, I decided to make it right in the morning.  Not long after their store opened, I came in with my receipt, waited in line, and when it was my turn, set my keys with a sparkly cross on the counter and explained that I was undercharged.  The clerk was surprised, but rang up my total which I paid.  She thanked me for my honesty.

There is a story told about Abe Lincoln and his honesty.  You can find it in The Book of Virtues by William J. Bennett on page 620.  It tells about Abe when he was a clerk.  A woman made a purchase that was a little over $2 and left.  Later, Abe realized that he had accidentally overcharged her 6 1/4 cents.  After work, he walked in the dark two or three miles to her house after thinking, “The money must be paid back.”

Honesty is important.  If you read in Proverbs or Deuteronomy you’ll run across verses about honest scales and weights.  In Jeremiah 5:1, it looked like an honest person was a rare find.

Abe Lincoln might have been tired from his work shift, but he pressed on in the dark, risking embarrassment, to show that customer what honesty looks like.  The lady in the story might have been timid to open her door in the dark and then startled to see Abe.  But once he explained, she could gladly receive the change and instead of feeling troubled, he could feel a positive change inside.

John 8:12

I found out this past week that our nearby, elderly neighbor passed away.  She was an outgoing Christian and we’ll miss her.  Her address is no longer on our street.  Her house is dark inside.  But we take comfort in knowing that where she lives now, there is no darkness.  What’s her address?  She lives in Heaven in light with the light of this world, Jesus.

John 3:19-21

One day, I saw a young bull thistle in our yard.  Not having a chance to get to it, I took note of where it was.  When I took our puppy out at night, I didn’t want him to step on it.  It had been easy to spot during the day, but when I looked for it in the dark, I couldn’t find it.  I kept him far away from the area I thought it might be.

In the above verses, Jesus said that those who do evil despise the light since it will reveal bad deeds.  Pretend that young bull thistle represents people that love darkness.  Wouldn’t those “people” be angry when the light came and showed their ugly prickles?  Let’s ditch darkness and love the light!


Proverbs 3:5-6

Have you ever experienced Space Mountain?  If not, it’s a roller coaster in the dark.  Even though you can’t really see ahead, everyone who steps into the roller coaster cars trusts the engineers that built it.  In a full show of trust, some may thrust up their arms for a “Look, No Hands!” moment.

Riding Space Mountain is kind of like life.  We can’t see what’s ahead.

If we can trust engineers with the twists and turns of a roller coaster in the dark, can we not trust God more with the twists and turns in life?  Let’s trust God and live a spiritual version of, “Look, No Hands!”