Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.
1 Peter 4:10
While rummaging through the trash for returnable bottles and cans, Charles Moore, a fifty-nine-year-old homeless man in Detroit, found $21,000 in U. S. savings bonds. Who could need the money more than Mr. Moore, right? Yet he brought the small treasure to a nearby homeless shelter, where a staff member tracked down their owner.
Moore’s honesty amidst his dire circumstances triggered a wave of spontaneous generosity in Michigan and throughout America. The bonds’ owners gave Moore $100. Another man sent him eight trash bags of returnable bottles and a bowl of coins. A New Mexico man gave $1,000. Three others gave a combined $2,500. And local businessmen gave Mr. Moore $1,200, a shopping spree, and a lead on a job.
Isn’t life ironic? Mr. Moore, a selfless, open-handed homeless man, is teaching others throughout the country about charity.
“Honesty is, in fact, the policy that pays the best.” - Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.