The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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January 25, 2014

Day-to-day little things do matter

Keeping The Faith column

Editor’s note: This column by the late Bev Davis originally was published May 5, 2007. Davis passed away Aug. 1, 2010, of a sudden illness.

Do little things matter? Is anybody really watching our lives that closely? Just how concerned should we be about the minute details of our daily conduct?

The following story made me seriously ponder those questions.

Several years ago, a new preacher moved to Houston. A few weeks after he arrived, he had occasion to ride the bus from his home to the downtown area. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had given him a quarter too much in change.

As he considered what to do, the minister 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 small amount of money? Bus fare is way too high anyway. The company will never miss it. Accept it as a gift from God and keep quiet.”

When his stop came, the preacher paused momentarily at the door, then handed the quarter to the driver and said, “Here, you gave me too much change.” With a smile, the driver replied, “Aren’t you the new preacher in town? I have been thinking lately about starting to church somewhere. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change. I’ll see you Sunday morning.”

When the preacher stepped off of the bus, he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, held on, and said, “Oh, God, please forgive me. I almost sold someone’s soul for a quarter.”

This is a stirring reminder that someone is watching us and that someone who needs to find faith in God needs to see a good example of a professing believer.

Rick Warren, author of “The Purpose Driven Life,” has said, “Believers are far better at telling others about faith than living out that faith by a consistent example.”

Someone — like the bus driver in the story — may be watching our lives and may put our principles to the test. Personally, I don’t want to fail that test when it comes.

Little things do matter. Personal choices affect not only us, but those around us. This is a 25-cent lesson well worth learning.

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