The fruit of the Spirit is goodness. –Galatians 5:22 NIV
It wasn’t my mistake, but I’d be the one to pay for it.
When my credit union changed hands, the new company changed the date on which it automatically deducted a $300 loan payment so that the payment would come out two days earlier.
The problem was they never told me. Never sent me a notice, never called me. Nothing.
So when I received a notice that they were docking my checking account $50 for two bounced checks, I called.
“I mailed a check to be deposited two days before the loan payment was due,” I told them. “It was enough to cover the payment.”
That’s when they told me about changing the date. Long story short, they added the $50 back in my account.
I thought that was the end of the matter until I got a bill from the optometrist for $15—the insufficient funds fee from one of the checks my credit union bounced because they took out the loan payment two days early.
I called the optometrist’s office and explained what happened.
“I’m not paying this,” I said firmly. “This wasn’t my fault.”
You know the spiel. The bank charged them the fee, and they were passing it on to me.
I argued with the office manager.
“Somebody has to pay it,” she insisted. “And we aren’t.”
“I shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s mistake,” I muttered to myself after I hung up.
Then I pictured the Son of God hanging on a cross. He paid for all of our mistakes. All of our rebellion. All of our wrongs. And He never did a thing wrong.
I called the office manager back and apologized.
“I get yelled at everyday,” she told me, her voice softening. “It’s not often someone calls back and apologizes.”
I thought about calling the credit union or the bank involved and arguing my case with them, but decided it would be easier to pay the $15 than to run headfirst into the concrete wall of corporate policy. My blood pressure is high enough.
“To be good,” reads my Bible dictionary, “is to do what is right. It is to show, by our works, praiseworthy character and moral excellence.”
I’m no goody two-shoes. I fail every day. I get tired of doing the right thing time and time again—only to get slammed, blindsided, taken advantage of, and treated like I’m a nobody.
But that’s why God gave me His Holy Spirit—to help me to do that which I know is right, especially when it’s hard to do.
And sometimes the right thing is to say, “the buck stops here.”
Dear God, forgive me for becoming weary in well-doing. Give me the wisdom to know the right thing to do and the strength and courage to do it. Amen.
Read and reflect on the following Scripture verses:
He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. –Micah 6:8 NIV
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God has prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 NIV
And let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. –Galatians 6:9-10 NIV
From God, Me, & a Cup of Tea, Vol. 3 © 2019 Michele Huey. All rights reserved. Used with permission.