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Friday, October 8, 2010

Honesty IS the Best Policy

            A couple of decades ago, Pauline Nichter, 46, and her husband Tom, 44, had both lost their jobs. They were living out of motels with their 11-year-old son. They were in danger of losing their car because they couldn't make the payments.

            One day, Pauline found a wallet in a LA mall. It had a credit card, an airline ticket to New Zealand, and $2394 in cash.

            For a second, she thought about taking the money. But instead she took the wallet to the nearest police station, where the owner reclaimed them. Word of her honesty quickly got out and the community responded.

            The Nichters received more than 10 job offers and an apartment rent-free for six months. An anonymous donor brought the car payments up to date. Other people gave cash. One elderly couple walked into the police station, asked how much cash and had been in the wallet, and the left them a check for the exact amount.

            At a news conference Pauline, with tears, said, "Never in a million years would I have thought this would happen to us. What we have received is far more than what was in the wallet."

            This is a neat story. However, it would have been a neat story even if the Nichter’s had not been blessed by others.

            Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways (Prov. 28:6.)

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