A Preacher from out-of-town accepted a call to a Church in Leeds. Some weeks after he arrived,he had an occasion to ride a bus from his home to the downtown area. When he sat down, he discovered that thr driver had accidentally given him 50 pence too much change.
He thought to himself, "You'd better give this money back. It would be wrong to keep it."
Then he thought,"Oh, forget it, it's only 50p; 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 handed the 50p to the driver saying "Here, you gave me too much change."
The driver replied with a smile, "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 would you do if I gave you too much change. I'll see you at Church this Sunday."
When the preacher stepped off the bus, he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, held on, and said "Oh God, I almost sold your Son for 50 pence."
"Our lives are the only Bible some people will ever read. This is a 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 'Christians'.
- 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."