Holding The Cash
It was near the end of September in Texas. A reluctant rain had stirred the fall grass to try to generate one more growth spurt. So Michael, a fourteen-year-old sophomore, mowed Mr. Galant's lawn, possibly for the last time that season. Michael paid attention to every detail, blew each blade of grass off the driveway, cut every stray branch on the hedge, and edged every inch along the sidewalk. "Michael, you're amazing. You've kept our yard better than a professional." Michael could already feel the forty dollars (the expected remuneration for his labor) in his wallet. More importantly, he could see his girlfriend's smile when he told her they were going out for steak that night, but then, instead of reaching for his wallet, Mr. Gallant said, "I know I always pay you right after a job, but I forgot to go the bank this afternoon. I'm low on cash. I'm sure you won't mind if I pay you early next week"
"Do not withhold good from the person who rightfully deserves it, especially when you have the resources in your hand. Don't say to your friend, 'Go now, but come back tomorrow. And I will give it to you' when you could pay them right then." - Proverbs 3:27-28
Michael borrowed forty dollars from his mom based on the money coming to him. That night at Outback as he and his girl were being seated, he noticed Mr. Gallant just finishing his meal. He was with a friend, and Michael heard him, “Ma'am, can you get me change for this fifty?"
LORD, help me realize that you care deeply about the way that I deal with others in business. Help me to pay promptly and never con those who are depending upon me.
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