Daily Inspiration

January 12, 2016

Exhibiting Honesty

“God's people are guided by their honesty”

~Proverbs 11:3a

The 2015 Christmas season is officially over. The hustle and bustle of the season has ended. The Christmas tree has disappeared; the decorations and lights are carefully tucked into storage boxes; and you can say goodbye to the appropriate untidiness in your home. The New Year has begun and only the cherished memories of the experiences and celebrations remain in your heart.

During this past “Christmas season” one cherished memory that highlighted honesty was when I read an article in the Ocala Star-Banner newspaper. Emory Schley writes a column titled “Bits & Pieces”. He wrote about a letter that he received from a reader. The letter demonstrated there is still “good news” in the world; many “good people” are present; and many businesses continue to value honesty.

The story went like this: “I've just had the most wonderful experience here in beautiful Ocala. I took my two granddaughters, 5 and 8, downtown to the ice skating rink...

After we ordered our skates, they were so excited they couldn't wait to try their luck at skating. I started digging in my purse to pay and my wallet was gone. I had credit cards, but no wallet, and since they (ice skating rink) only take cash, I was out of luck. The young man who was in charge just looked at me and my two little sweethearts, and said...It's OK, let them skate. I could have cried, it was just such a kind thing that he did.

I kept trying to think where I could have lost the wallet, then realized it might have been at Toys “R” Us... I went down there (Toys “R” Us ), and would you believe, the young man at the customer service desk (after asking me some pertinent questions) handed over my wallet (with cash intact), and my military ID card and my Medicare card. They told me one of their cashiers had turned it in...right after I left, so I want to give Toys “R” Us a super shout-out. You have the best and most honest employees ever!

Between wonderful people at the skating rink and fantastic people at Toys “R” Us, I think this is one beautiful place to live!”

There have been, and continue to be, many businesses such as this Toys “R” Us that have people that exhibit honesty. For example, Harvey S. Firestone. Mr. Firestone was an American businessman who founded the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. He stated: “I believe fundamental honesty is the keystone of business.”.

Christians ought to exhibit a life that naturally reflects honesty, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also to all people. The “good news”is that when they display honesty they become shining examples to children and adults. God is pleased when His people bring to light honesty.

Lord God, thank You for providing examples of honesty. Help us to always remain honest in every area of our life. Amen.

~ Ann Brock Ludington

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