Several years ago, a priest was transferred to a distant village church in his diocese. Some weeks after he arrived, he had an occasion to ride the bus from his church to the nearest town. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him a quarter too much change. As he considered what to do, he told 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 makes huge profits; 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, replied, ‘You are the new priest in the village, right?’ ‘Yes’ he replied. ‘Well, I have lately been thinking a lot about going somewhere to pray. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you extra change. You’ll see me at church on Sunday.’ When the priest stepped off of the bus, he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, held on, and said, ‘Oh God, I almost sold You 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.’
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!
“The world suffers a lot, not because of violence of bad people.
But because of silence of good people!”–
Bp. Desmond Tutu.