My friend Gene is always sending me some of the most uplifting emails and today he outdid himself and I just had to share this sweet story with you all....it is especially sweet to me...because of course, Frank is a preacher....and this story is about one. I hope you enjoy my Monday Moment:"Several 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 the downtown area. 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 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 change ' The driver, with a smile, replied, 'Aren't you the new preacher in town?' 'Yes' he replied. 'Well, 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 -- You carry the name of Christ on your shoulders when you call yourself 'Christian.' So today, let me ask you....what does your life say about you?
P.S. I have one more little real-life story....years ago...my mom cashed a check at the Barnett Bank....it was for 250.00. The teller was on the phone....and aggravated at my mom because she had bothered her.....she counted out the money and slid it over to my mom rather gruffly. My mom looked at it, counted it, slid it back and asked the teller to please double check the amount of cash with the check request. The teller audibly sighed...counted it again...and slid it back to her....telling her it was correct. My mom took the money over to the bank official...explained to him that her check had been for only 250.00 and the money totalled 2500.00. Big difference....my mom could have walked out and considered herself blessed....but she didn't. She gave the loan officer 2250.00 to put in an envelope....so that at the end of the day...when the teller came up major league short...he could save the day. The little girl called several hours later and apologized for her behavior. My mom was so gracious....I have never doubted for a moment that my parents were Christians....they definitely walked the walk. Happy Monday!