Saturday, September 25, 2010

SPIRITUAL SUNDAY 2010 - #11 - A Christian - What would you do?

A big thank you to Charlotte for this wonderful forum to share. Go here to read the many other posts.

A CHRISTIAN


Several years ago, a preached from out-of-state accepted a call to a church in Houston, Texas. Some weeks after he arrived, he had an occasion to ride the bus from his home to the downtown area. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him a quarter to much change. As he considered what to do, he thought to himself, "You'd better give the quarter back. It would be wrong to keep it." Then he thought, "Oh, forget it, it's only a quarter. Who would worry about this little amount? Anyway, the bus company gets too much fare; they will never miss it. Accept it as a 'gift from God' and keep quiet."

When his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door, and then he handed the quarter to the driver and said, "Here, you gave me too much change...' The driver, with a smile, replies, "Aren't you the new preacher in town?" "Yes" he replied. "Well, I have been thinking a lot lately about going somewhere to worship. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change. I'll see you at church on Sunday.

When the preacher stepped off the bus, he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, held on, and said, "Oh God, I almost sold your Son for a quarter."

Our lives are the only Bible some people will ever read. This is a really scary example of how much people watch us as Christians, and will put us to the test! Always be on guard -- and remember -- You carry the name of Christ on your shoulders when you call yourself "Christian."

WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE?

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I want to ask the true Pray-er's who read this to join in standing and praying with us about our daughter and our son's family. Please go here, my previous post, for details.


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28 comments:

Mari said...

This is an excellent reminder!

micey said...

good post! praying for your kids!

Mildred said...

An excellent reminder of how important it is to always do the right thing. I read your last post and am praying for your families.

MTJ said...

Hi Susan,

Thank you for visiting my blog, I appreciate your comment. I will be praying for your son and daughter.

This post reminded me of a recent stay at a hotel. One evening I went to the front desk and asked the clerk to give me change for a twenty dollar bill. When she handed me my change, it included a twenty dollar bill. Before I had time to think, the words, "You've given me too much money" were spoken. I don't want to take advantage of someone's mistake.

Blessings and peace.

MTJ

shannon i olson said...

oh Amen. I went in once the next day to a coffee shop/gas station, didn't notice until I got home I had been given a free cup of coffee..... when I said I needed to pay for a cup from yesterday the young man literally did not know what to do, he was dumbfounded. NO big deal to me, just knew I had to do it, I love this story....we never know how important every detail is, not only to others but to us and to the name and glory of Christ. Thanks!

Oklahoma Granny said...

One never knows when they will be called upon to teach a lesoon, not with words, but with actions.

Kansas Bob said...

A good reminder Susan! People are watching.

sarah said...

great story to do the right thing..Someone may be watching and judging our faith

Apron Senorita said...

It is what we do when no one is watching that shows our character. No one would have known that he had an extra quarter except him and God. It sounds like an easy lesson but too often we fall short.

God Bless You!
Yoli

Mary R. said...

Wow, that was great. Good reminder that people are watching us.

Renee said...

What a powerful story...thank you for sharing it with us.. lifting your family in prayer.

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

I loved this! I have not heard this story before. I will be praying for your family.
God Bless,
Ginger

~Ginger said...

Susan, I'm a bit behind on my reading and just caught up here. I'm so sorry to hear of your daughter's health issues. I also know how your heart longs for Marc's new family to have peace and joy.

You and your family are in my prayers. We know that the Lord is for them in every way!

Barbara said...

One never knows who, how, why and where we are being watched. Great.
With all the thoughts that were going through his mind it was the prompting of the Spirit in the end on which he acted even if he did not relise it.

Lisa said...

It's always the right time to do what is right. Thanks for a great post!

NanE said...

Wonderful post today Susan, thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful week, Nan
PS: I wanted to let you know I have uploaded a newer version of my scripture in pictures today because I found a few errors. You might want to go back and dl the new one!

Stacey Dawn said...

I've heard that story before - it's a great one... I'd have given the quarter back, too!! Praying for your family!

Lisa notes... said...

Praying for your family and your peace right now...

Vintagesouthernlife said...

A good reminder! I will be praying for your children. Annette

Judith said...

Bill Hybels says 'Character is who you are when no-one else is looking'

Saleslady371 said...

This story reminds me that integrity is important at all times. God always knows the details. I'm praying for Marc's family and Suzette. I'm believing also in the report of the Lord!

Charlotte said...

Wow, Susan, this brought tears to my eyes. We never know how much others are watching what we do and what an impact it makes on their lives. Thank you so much for sharing this.
Blessings,
Charlotte

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

Susan I apologize if this comment comes twice, as I don't think my first one went through. I was truly blessed by this post, and am so thankful for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and you are so right, we are the only Bible some people read, thank you for sharing.
Thank you too for visiting me and for taking the time to leave me such a sweet comment.
Blessings,
Sue

Karen said...

Thanks for sharing. I would have hoped I would have had the conviction to hand the quarter back. What a great reminder.
Thanks for stopping by Places of my Heart.
IN HIM,
Karen

Apron Senorita said...

Thank you so much for your prayers for my aunt. You kindess and warmth are sincerely appreciated.

yoli :)
http://apronsenorita.blogspot.com

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh wow, that is amazing!!!!

Crystal Mary said...

I know I would have given it straight back if I had noticed. Often I just put the change into my purse without looking...
From now on I will check..
I loved how you said..he almost sold the Lord for a quarter.
Well done!

Dena E's Blog said...

Jesus KNOWS all there needs and yours,, and I praise HIM for being in control,, ALWAYS in control in this crazy world.. Thansk for stopping by my Jesus blog !!!
"" As You Look to Him May Gods Angels Always Keep Watch Over You~~~Blessing You in all You ""
Hugs Dena