So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. — James 4:17
The holiday season is upon us once again! From Thanksgiving to New Year’s, we all enjoy the love and festivities of family, friends and co-workers. Many of us are givers, always giving of our money and time to help others. There are always those who are takers. Though many reasons exist as to why a thief believes in finding ways to get something without actually putting in the work.
Recently, during my Thanksgiving holiday, someone shared a story of how someone on her job did not do the right thing. In her position of which she was resigning, a petty cash box was involved. That cash box was kept in a small vault. While training the person who would take her place, the trainer shared with the new employee about the cash in that vault.
The trainer training this new girl was honest, and it never crossed her mind to have someone counter-sign that petty cash envelope. Others were informed by her regarding the cash. When she inquired as to how to handle the cash, she was told to leave it in the vault. She never expected the money to come up missing!
an investigation is underway. She hasn’t heard the outcome yet, and. Here is where the point of this article comes in. Do the right thing! There are many scripture on this very topic. Let me share a few. Galatians 6:9 Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. When I heard the story of the missing petty cash, the first thought I had was, whoever stole that money will pay for it. The bible is correct, we do reap what we sew. She may lose her job behind this lapse in judgment. She made a bad choice. It will come back to haunt her.
Do what is right, not what is easy. The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it. C.S. Lewis once said, “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” Theodore Roosevelt said, “Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you actually do what’s right.”
In closing, during this holiday season, do the right thing! Give, and it shall be given unto you, do unto others as you would have them do unto you. 1st Corinthians 13:4-6 says it this way: Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious. Love does not brag, it is not puffed up. It is not rude, it is not self-serving, it is not easily angered or resentful. It is not glad about injustice, but rejoices in the truth.
When someone steals, they cannot rejoice in the truth, because stealing is another form of lies. You are taking something that doesn’t belong to you. It is dishonest, and when the amount is large enough, here in America, it is also criminal.
Never allow temptation to get you. There is a scripture in the book of James 1:13-14 that says: When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.
Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Visit her website, www.lyndiagrantshow.com, send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 240-602-6291. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook