Lost Wallet

It happened in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. A man was simply walking down the street. We don’t know where he was going or even who he is. But then he saw it. Laying on the pavement in front of him was a wallet. He did what we all would do. He picked it up. Then he looked inside. He found some money, some credit cards, and a driver’s license.

To his shock, the wallet belonged to Steve Martin, famed actor and comedian. Mr. Martin was in town to play a bluegrass concert. He had been riding a bike down that street just moments before, when his wallet fell out.

Now the stranger had a dilemma. Would he simply turn the wallet in to the authorities? Or would he keep the cash and throw it back down? Or maybe he would seek a hefty reward from the wealthy actor. Nobody was looking. If he took the money, no one would know. What did he do?

To his credit, he turned in the wallet, refusing any possible reward. That is the definition of character. It’s doing the right thing, and waiting on God to bless our obedience according to his plan. It’s what you do when no one is watching.

What would you have done?

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