Not Worth A Dime

“There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.” Luke 12:2

The story is told of a young man who was invited to preach at a church in Nashville, Tennessee. On an impulse he used as his text, “Thou shalt not steal.” The next morning he stepped onto a city bus and handed the driver a dollar bill. The driver handed him his change and he walked to the rear of the bus to stand, since there were no seats available. Once he had steadied himself, he counted his change. There was a dime too much. His first thought was, “The bus company will never miss this dime.” 

one thin dimeBy now the bus had stopped again and the narrow aisle between him and the driver was one long line of people. Then it hit him, he could not keep money that did not belong to him. A half dozen “excuse me’s” and several scowling looks later, he had made his way to the front and said to the driver, “You gave me too much change.” The driver replied, “Yes, a dime too much. I gave it to you on purpose. You see, I heard your sermon yesterday, and I watched in my mirror as you counted your change. Had you kept the dime I would never again have had any confidence in preaching.”

Imagine the outcome if this young man had decided the displeasure of his fellow passengers wasn’t worth a dime’s worth of honesty? Our influence is like a shadow; it may fall even where we think we’ve never been. We also need to realize there are no “time outs” or “vacations” we can take in keeping the Lord’s commandments or being true to our conscience. 

Stay on track with what you know is right!


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