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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.

https://books.google.com/books?id=ljEXPcTDquQC&lpg=PA620&pg=PA620&output=embed

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Jeremiah 6:16

My family reads “Our Daily Bread” a lot.  On May 9, 2008, Mart De Haan wrote about a lady in labor and hero horses.  Enjoy this short Mother’s Day story:  http://odb.org/2008/05/09/horsepower/

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

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