Wednesday, June 30, 2010

It Was Only A Quarter

Years ago, a preacher 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 downtown area. When he sat down, he

discovered that the driver had accidentally given him a quarter too much


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


The driver, with a smile, replied, "Aren't you the new preacher in town?

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 of 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 that you carry the name of

Christ on your shoulders when you call yourself "Christian."

Watch your thoughts; they become words;

Watch your words; they become actions;

Watch your actions; they become habits;

Watch your habits; they become character;

Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

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