Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

As he pulled out his billfold and removed a $20 bill to pay for the merchandise, he noticed the worn piece of plastic in his credit card collection.

It had become so familiar after several years that it had almost become invisible like so many of these gifts that hide in a billfold’s compartments.

This was one of the older Lowe’s cards – white with blue stampings and an authenticating number on the back. A little worse for wear, he thought, but why not see if it’s still valid and find out how much is left in credit.

“Would you mind checking this out?” he asked, handing it to the cashier. She promptly scanned and typed out the authorization number.

“Dollar, forty-nine. Want me to apply it?”

“Sure,” he replied, proud that he had finally redeemed the remaining credit.

“How easy it would be,” he thought, “to have carried that old card and never sought to cash it in!”

The next day, the man and his wife visited a local eating establishment where they ordered breakfast and watched as the waitress, an attractive but stressed out young-something, came to take their order.

She had served them once before. She remembered them because they would always order the week’s special and then divide it between themselves.

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