Sarah Darling did a good dead, and almost lost something of great value. As Sarah walked by Billy Ray Harris, a homeless man in Kansas City, she took out her coin purse and emptied it into his cup. It wasn’t until the next day that she noticed her engagement ring was missing. Her ring had hurt her finger the previous day so she had taken it off and put it in her coin purse, the very purse she had emptied into Mr. Harris’ cup. She returned to find Mr. Harris in the same spot as he was the day before. She inquired about the ring and he returned it to her. He was quoted as saying, “My grandfather was a reverend. He raised me from the time I was 6 months old…I do still have some character.”

How easy would it have been to take that ring to a pawn shop and never be seen again! But Billy Ray Harris had something that prevented him from doing that, character. That character instilled in him by his grandfather saved Sarah Darling from losing something of great sentimental value. That character also brought a few good things to the life of Mr. Harris. After his story was broadcast on the national news he began receiving donations, $16,000 so far.

The Bible speaks often of character, you might call it integrity. This trait is essential to a disciple of Christ. We must do what is right even when it may hurt. We will be blessed in eternity if we have integrity on this earth. Proverbs 19:1 states: “Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool.”  As for me, I would rather be poor and have integrity than be crooked and have an easy life.

Well done, Billy Ray Harris, you do indeed have character. How about you?


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