“It’s going to be a hot day,” said 15 year old Giselle Cordero as she jumped back onto the flatbed truck with the other teens of the Stratford community. “It’s great to get a head start on the day,” she thought.
Picking peaches wasn’t a fun job, but she wasn’t able to find another way to earn money in the Stratford, Oklahoma area. When the truck reached the peach groves, she jumped off and waited until the others had chosen their work rows. Then she and three other teens, who usually worked near her, spaced themselves on the north end of the grove and began picking. Giselle generally ate a couple of peaches but not on this day. She sat her mind on trying to pick as many peaches as she could to earn as much money as she could.
The row Giselle chose wasn’t as thick with fruit as she had hoped. Giselle frowned as she realized she would fall short of her goal for the week. She calculated that it would take another week or two, maybe three, before she would earn the $600.00 she needed to pay for school clothes for the Fall of 2004.
As she stood in line at the end of the morning waiting for her weekly paycheck, she rubbed the scratches on her arm. Finally Giselle reached the table and picked up her check. It was for $28.00 more than she had expected! Studying the attached statement, Giselle found the mistake. She had only been in the grove a short while on Thursday, yet they had credited her with 35 bushel baskets for that day. “I’ll bet it was really 3 ½,” Giselle chuckled. “Hey, that means I have what I need to purchase my wardrobe for school this year. For the first time, Giselle enjoyed the ride home. She knew how sloppy the peach farm kept records. They wouldn’t pick up on the mistake.
Giselle didn’t think any more about the mistake that day. It wasn’t until the next day that it occurred to her that something might not be right. “But they make a bundle of money off us kids,” she thought. “If they were paying what they should, I’d have more. So this extra is pay back.”
But the extra $28.00 kept coming back to haunt her. She tried to talk herself out of going back, especially since the weather was above 100 degrees for the last 4 days. She could hardly stand the thought of going back into that peach grove. Finally, she had to admit if she had been cheated out of $28.00, she would be angry. She would want to be paid her just wages.
When Monday morning arrived she waited on the curb as the truck slowed to a stop. With the uncashed check in her pocket, she climbed onto the flatbed truck once again. “Easy come, easy go,” she thought as she pulled out the check. “Well, in two days, I’ll have the money—free, clean and honestly.
Today, social and behavioral engineers argue truth is relative. That right or wrong is a matter of personal belief without God’s guidance to guide human behavior. Yet God, in His omnipotence, touches our hearts and minds with truth and what is good and pure if we would just listen. Giselle struggled to deal with her integrity—that is, to do the right thing even when no one is watching us. Giselle, through conscientious effort, was prompted to do the right thing, rather than take what she did not earn.
God has told us through Sacred Scripture that every thing will change but Himself, truth and His Word. That He expects us to do things that are right and good.
There are a lot of adults out there who would benefit from just such a word as well. Whether or not something is right or wrong is not difficult to determine. The Spirit of the Most High is our perfect Guide to the truth! Great article... as usual. :)