Yesterday my son and I were out looking for a new backpack to prepare him for school. We found a store with exactly the right one, so we went to the check out line. As the clerk was ringing up our purchases, he could not find the price tag for the backpack. Unfortunately, there was not another one like it to verify the price. So the clerk asked me how much it was. I replied “There were similar ones for $49.95”. The clerk, not wanting to over charge me declared, “I’ll ring it up as $29.95.” We left the store.
While walking to the next store, I unzipped the backpack to place inside the other bag of school supplies to make my load easier to carry. That’s when I saw it — the price tag. As I slowly withdrew the price tag, I said aloud “Wow, we got a great deal on this backpack”, showing my son the real price. My son replied, “Now, you’re going to go back aren’t you?”
My answer surprised me a little, as we were in a hurry. “Yes, I’m going back. I could not possibly go on as if nothing happened, for that would be lying. If I chose to keep the backpack, how would that be showing I live by the Word of God? Would it be truthful? Would I be a doer of the Word?” So we returned to the store where we bought the backpack.
As the clerk saw me draw near, he had a surprised look on his face. Although he was helping another customer, he asked me why I had returned. I told him, I found the price tag and couldn’t live with being under-charged for the item. He was very grateful I returned. The man the clerk was helping even commented “you did the right thing.” I said, “Thank you, I know. You see I have my 13 year old son with me, so it is good for him to seem me practice what I preach.”
After the transaction was over, my son and I discussed how important it was to be truthful at all times, even when it may not be convenient. We will all be accountable to God one day on how we handled each situation. We also talked about how that one situation was a good witness to several people; the clerk, the other customer, the store manager and my son, not to mention my husband when we shared the story with him too. Proverbs 12:22 says “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who deal truthfully are His delight.” I just love how the Lord uses the ordinary to help teach us the way to go. It was a delight to do the right thing. This situation reminded me of Proverbs 22:6 in action: “Train up a child in the way he should go. And when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Lord Jesus, thank you for your Holy Spirit enabling us to make the right decisions by being truthful. In your name we pray. Amen.
© ThinkOnIt Bible Ministries Inc is a 501(c) (3) Public Charity helping you grow in knowledge and understanding of God’s Word.