Cutting through moral confusion

The extra money was in my hand. I stood in the bank lobby and debated returning it to the teller who had made the mistake. We needed the money, and the bank was one of those faceless institutions I had come to distrust. Suddenly, I remembered something I had been told—if a teller came up with a shortage at the end of a day, he or she had to make it up out of personal funds. My heart went out to that teller, and I marched right back to the window and handed in the bills. I forgot about my own need for money. I'd found the right thing to do, had done it, and it felt good.

Years later, after I'd started to study Christian Science, I thought more about this incident. At the time I hadn't taken it lightly and had been shocked at my hesitation in returning the money. It was a wake-up call to the fact that I was morally drifting, and it was one of several experiences that made me welcome the actual Science of Christianity.

Obeying God's law
July 3, 1995

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