Nathan Johan On May - 11 - 2014


On Tuesday, April 29th, 2014, I was attending Computer Assembly and Maintenance class at Deltech (the college I attend) until Mr. Peer, my teacher, let us all take a break. So I went up to the second floor of the building  and approached one of the vending machines to get a snack. I inserted a dollar to obtain one candy bar. As I was waiting, I saw the machine go through one cycle, stop, then go through another cycle and in so doing, release two candy bars! I stood there dumbfounded, not quite sure what to do. I took out the two candy bars. I only paid for one candy bar, yet here in my hands were two candy bars. The thought of taking them both of them crossed my mind, but then another thought came to mind, saying “No, that would be stealing.” However, the evil side of my mind retorted, “Well, he’s already got it. He might as well take it.” Another thought passed through, telling me I could try to find somebody, say a maintenance person, to help me insert the candy bar back into its rightful place, but I didn’t know of who to contact to do that, nor did I have the time to do so because the break was only for five minutes. So I stood there, stuck in a conundrum of right and wrong, and hunger and bellyaches.

This situation represents one of those instances where something minor happens but upon it rests eternal consequences. Now granted, as already stated, it is a minor detail. Just a small thing, nothing to worry or stress over. However, keep in mind, I only paid for one candy bar, not two. I could say, “It’s my lucky day” or “Oh no, the earth will open up and swallow me whole if I take the both of them!” Again, it is a bit overdramatic to say such, but still.

This is what the Bible says: “Thou shalt not steal.” Very plain and simple. “Don’t steal.” By taking something I haven’t paid for, would that not constitute stealing? Would I be in danger of eternal fire and everlasting torment if I took something as minor as a candy bar? “Dude, it’s only a candy bar!” Yeah sure, but doesn’t the Bible command us not to steal anything, even something as minor as a candy bar? “It was accidental! Sure you can take it.” Maybe, but it was bought and paid for by the college to insert into their machines with the intent of making a profit. “What’s one candy bar?” It might be nothing in our eyes, but in God’s eyes, it can become a person’s pitfall.

Ultimately, I put one candy bar on top of the machine and went back to class with the other candy bar. This little incident put me in mind of the fact that things we consider to be minor details really are of significance to God. God does care about the little things of our lives, for it is the little things that make up our lives. What we like to eat, how we dress, the music we listen to – these little things shape who we are, who we become, and where we will go. In short, be careful about the little things -  for it is the little foxes that spoil the vines (Song of Solomon 2:15).

Categories: Spiritual

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  1. lotrconfan says:

    Thanks for the reminder!

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