Small Things

“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

In a certain bank there was a trust department in which four young men and one older man were employed. The directors decided to promote the older employee and then give one of the younger men his place as head of the department. After considering the merits of each young man, the directors selected one of them for the new position and gave him a substantial increase in salary. They decided to notify him of the promotion that afternoon at four o’clock. 

cafeteria lineDuring the noon hour the young man went to a cafeteria for lunch. One of the directors was behind him in line, with several other customers between them. The director saw the young man select his food, including a piece of butter. He proceeded to hide the butter under other food and lied to the cashier about what was on his plate. That afternoon the directors notified the young man that they had intended to give him a promotion, but because of what had been seen in the cafeteria, they would have to discharge him instead. They could not have someone who would lie and steal as head of their trust department. 

What businesses call “employee theft” is often thought of by the employee as “borrowing.” So open and prevalent are such “loans” the even committed Christians can fail to realize that what they are doing is stealing. And a few sheets of paper, pencils, long distance phone calls, xerox copies, or extra time at lunch add up. The next time you are tempted to “borrow” something from your employer, picture Jesus asking you where you got it.

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