Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Practically Free Gasoline

After church on Sunday, I went up the road to the gas station in Lusby to fill up my tank. I stood there listening to the sound of the gasoline pour into my hollow, cavernous tank and gave thanks that gas prices are going down.

When I looked up at the pump, I noticed that the price hadn't moved. Was I in a time warp? I had been standing there for the usual amount of time it takes to fill my tank.. and yet, the pump was telling me I only had put in three dollars worth of gasoline. I was totally confused.

The digital numbers "per gallon" were flashing along quickly - but the dollar amount was moving at snail's pace.

The hose clicked and my tank was full. And the price was just around $3.45.

In that moment, I realized I had only been charged 22 cents per gallon. Part of me truly wanted to drive off with my amazingly cheap gas.. and maybe even bring another vehicle in for a fill up! But I couldn't do that. I would have to go into the cashier and tell them.

Author and pastor, Bill Hybels describes character and integrity as who you are when no one is looking. When no one is looking, the temptation is the strongest to cheat, steal, or dabble with sin.

I told the gas station manager and she couldn't believe it. She couldn't believe the mistake had been made.. or that anyone would come in and tell. (So although I didn't commit the sin of stealing, I now have to deal with the sin of pride for being honest. ) It's always something.


Anonymous said...

Wow! That's great. It just shows how great of a person you are!

Anonymous said...

I love you - whoever you are.

Anonymous said...

This is so cool!!:)

Anonymous said...

Hi Pastor Faith!! :) <3