What's A Dime Worth

Several years ago a pastor friend of mine moved to Houston, Texas. Some weeks after he arrived, he had occasion to ride the bus from his home to the downtown area. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him ten cents too much change.

As he considered what to do, there seemed to him to have these voices whispering instructions into his ears. One said, "You better give the dime back. It would be wrong to keep it." Another voice said, "Oh forget it. It's just ten cents. Who would worry about this little amount. Anyway, the bus company already gets too much fare. With their millions everyday they will never miss it. Accept it as a gift from God and keep quiet."

When his stop came he paused momentarily at the front door, and, handing the driver the dime he said, "Here. You handed me too much change." The driver replied, "Aren't you the new pastor in town? I have been thinking lately about going to church somewhere. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you ten cents too much change."

When my friend stepped off the bus he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, and held on, and said, "O God, I almost sold your Son for ten cents."