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Dad's pencil

Unless you are faithful in small matters, you won't be faithful in large ones. If you cheat even a little, you won't be honest with greater responsibilities. And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? And if you are not faithful with other people's money, why should you be trusted with money of your own?
Luke 16:10-12

Some families tussle over whether the TV remote gets returned to its place, but perhaps the most frequent "put it back where you found it" issue in my house has been over my office supplies. It got so bad that I finally designated and stocked one drawer as the family drawer and one as mine—access forbidden.

Recently my fourth grader asked if he could borrow one of my automatic pencils because the family drawer had none. I decided it was teaching time. "Okay," I said, "but what's the rule?"

"Return it when I'm done," he responded.

An hour later he placed the pencil in the drawer and said, "Here's your pencil back, ...

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