Defining Choices – Hot Hauler
Key Bible Verse: We can say with confidence and a clear conscience that we have been honest and sincere in all our dealings. – 2 Corinthians 1:12
Bonus Reading: Psalm 101:1-5
Years ago I purchased a dilapidated trailer to haul our family bikes for vacations. Several summers later, I took it to the local U-Haul to have work done on the taillights for an upcoming trip. Soon after the mechanics went to work, the store manager came out and informed me that the trailer I owned was stolen!
We couldn’t find a serial number, but the design matched an older model of U-Haul trailers that he showed me in a catalog. Scratching through several layers of paint, we uncovered U-Haul’s trademark orange color. The company never sells used trailers to the public, the manager assured me, so this had to be stolen.
When I came home and reported, my kids loved it: “Dad bought stolen goods!” But I knew they were watching me closely, wondering, What’s he going to do? I really wanted to get on with the trip, but knew I had to give up the trailer.
Soon after I told my family this, the manager called and offered the use of one of his trailers for our trip—free of charge. Because I made the right choice that day, my kids learned a powerful lesson: God takes care of you when you honor Him with your actions.
—Ken Canfield in They Call Me Dad
My Response: A lesson in integrity my family learned from me was …
Thought to Apply: I begin to find that too good a character is inconvenient.—Sir Walter Scott (Scottish author)
Adapted from They Call Me Dad (Howard, 2005)