“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. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?” -Luke 16:10-12
Bob was ecstatic to finally start his new job. He worked diligently in his cubical that first morning, trying to figure out the new computer system. It was an unexpected surprise when the owner of the company, Mr. Roberts, invited him out to lunch with the managers, as a way to celebrate his new hire. They went to the best BBQ joint in town; you know the kind with the cafeteria style counter. Mr. Roberts happened to glance back down the line and see Bob slip an extra cup of BBQ sauce under his napkin, despite the sign clearly reading “Extra Sauce .25”. He watched intently as Bob showed his food to the cashier, without revealing his secret sauce. While paying, Mr. Roberts quietly had the cashier add .25 to the bill and then paid for all of his employee’s food.
When everyone had finished their meals, Mr. Roberts very plainly said “Now Bob, when we get back to the office I want you to pack up your desk and go home. You are not going to be able to work for us anymore. I saw you enjoying that extra BBQ sauce you slipped on your tray.” Bob was stunned, and protested “You’re firing me? It was just one little cup of sauce! Surely you are joking, you can’t fire me over a quarter!” All of the other employees looked on, in shocked silence. Mr. Roberts looked Bob squarely in the eyes and said, “Bob, if I can’t trust you to be honest with someone else’s quarter, how can I possibly trust you to be honest with my money?”
Sometimes, we may view things as a very small matter. “It’s just a little white lie.” “It won’t hurt anyone.” “Nobody is going to notice anyway.” In Luke 16, Jesus is reminding us that what we do in the small things has enormous consequences in the larger things of life. Don’t sit around waiting for your “big chance” to come along, thinking that you will step up to the plate and start doing things the right way when it does. Be faithful right now, in every little thing. Treat every opportunity as if it is your “big chance”, and develop your integrity in the small things, even if you think no one sees you. After all, Someone up there is always watching what you do!
John Bowen at home for conditions related to congestive heart failure.
Jean Bowen’s daughter Mia following a very extensive surgery yesterday.
Gladys Cureton (rehab in Pasadena) needs to begin therapy to walk again after surgery to repair broken hip/upper leg.
Those grieving the loss of Hal Holcomb, sister Margie Syer, nephew James Syer, bro-in-law, Fred Whitaker.
Pat Neuville at home recovering from surgery to repair her broken right femur as well as bone & renal cancer. Pray for upcoming decisions regarding residential options.
Jean Stark at home recovering from colon surgery. Having blood pressure problems, feet swelling.