Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
I'm sitting on my deck, sipping my morning coffee, enjoying the scenery, and blissfully listening to the rhapsody of bird song when my phone rings. I glance at the caller source before I answer. Oh, yes! A call from my son!
"Hi, Daniel, what's going on?"
"This isn't Daniel," says an unfamiliar voice on the other end of the line. "I was out jogging and found this phone along the path. Luckily, it wasn't locked. When I found the contact for 'Mom,' I thought I might just have a chance to return it to its rightful owner."
"Yes, yes, this is 'Mom,'" I say enthusiastically and gratefully. "I'm so glad you contacted me. My son, Daniel, just got this phone and I can't believe it somehow escaped his pocket. Thank goodness you found it!"
"Yes, ma'am, how can I get it back to him?"
"Do you know where the Brick Store Pub is in Decatur? That's where he works."
"Yes, ma'am, I know exactly where that is. It will be this afternoon, though, before I can drop it by."
"Oh, that will be fine. I'll contact them and let them know you will be coming by with the phone. How I appreciate your willingness to do the right thing. My son's phone is his chief source of communication. I don't know what he'd do without it."
"It's my pleasure, ma'am," he says.
"You are a blessing," I tell him, "a true blessings. I can't thank you enough."
I hang up with a smile on my face. It would have been so easy for this young man to keep the phone for himself or sell it to someone else. Instead, he chooses to do the right thing even if it means going out of his way. I think to myself: That is one child who's been raised right from the get-go. How the world could use more folks like him!
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Prayer: Father, today I ask You to bless this young man and others like him who choose to do the right thing when the world is tempting them not to. May we all be Good Samaritans whenever circumstances call for us to be. In Jesus' name, amen.