"They would never even know." I reasoned with myself.
"They make millions of dollars off people like you everyday, what's an extra $5 to them anyways?"
That voice taunted me as I pushed my cart through the local supercenter to return two bottles of laundry detergent that I had picked up the day before. Another store had them on sale and I had chosen to price match to get them each $2.50 cheaper. Problem was, I picked up the wrong kind.
These would need to be returned and I knew without showing my receipt, I would be granted full price in return....which would give me a $5 profit. It was tempting.....incredibly tempting.
I tossed my bottles up on the customer service desk and swiftly handed over my receipt. The cashier scanned the items and actually attempted to refund me the full sale price.
"Actually, I price matched those items, so I only paid $5.99 for them."
I did it. In that moment when I could have let my weakness, my selfishness, my sinfulness take over.....I (through God's grace ALONE) was able to choose to be integral, to choose to be whole.
I've been learning a lot about this lately----and even when I think I'm doing well, opportunities like this present themselves in which "no one would know"---and I have to choose, to honor the God I say I love and to obey and be holy like He has called me to be.
We all have those moments, and I don't always get it right.
Today, I'm thankful I did.