life lessons

By Bill Clarke

It has been said, “Be sure your sins will find you out.” And nothing reveals your sinful behavior better than a child. There are so many instances where babes have revealed the illustrious deeds of the parents, and seldom will any good deed go unpunished, if a child has witnessed it. Such is the point of this message.

“For children to take morality seriously they must be in the presence of adults who take morality seriously. And with their own eyes they must see adults take morality seriously.”

— William J. Bennett

A child often watches the parent to find the value or moral choice behavior.

When my daughter was about four years old, we walked out of a grocery store and I realized she’d picked up a piece of bubble gum she’d requested. I’d told her “no” but she really wanted that gum. We returned to the store and I told the manager she’d taken the gum. He shook his head disdainfully and pointed her in the direction of the dust mop they used to sweep the floors. She had to pay for her mistake.

My four year old pushed that heavy mop up and down the aisles of the grocery, carefully minding the stacked goods in the aisles, for more than twenty minutes to pay for that penny bubble gum. I followed closely behind to make certain nothing was damaged and help her when the broom got heavy, but she pushed her load alone.

Twenty-seven years later, she walked into the grocery store and noticed the pastor’s wife eating grapes off the produce. Shocked, she rushed over and asked the woman if she didn’t realize that was theft. The woman carefully explained that she always tasted the grapes and had never thought of it as theft, because the store owners expect customers to nibble. But the thought crossed her mind.

A few days later, the pastor’s wife showed up at our door, my daughter was visiting, and the lady asked my daughter to forgive her. She also explained that after she’d seen my daughter in the grocery, she felt bad and went to ask the grocer. He said they’d been forced to raise the price of produce to cover the cost of grazing customers, and no it wasn’t expected, grocers consider it theft.

A few years later, there was another situation where a child stole a few pieces of candy, and the parent reacted. Another broom was sought and the store owner watched as the child swept floors to earn payment for the candy she’d taken.

What code of ethics do you live by? Are you willing to go the extra distance to be certain your deeds are ethical and of high moral standard?

Life choices matter. Bill Clarke believes high moral standards are what has brought him to this place of comfort and prosperity in life. He’ll share his values and his purpose of life with you in PLUS Agenda, and you can receive your FREE Subscription at today.

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