Jesus went on to make these comments: If you’re honest in small things, you’ll be honest in big things; If you’re a crook in small things, you’ll be a crook in big things. If you’re not honest in small jobs, who will put you in charge of the store? Luke 16:11-12 (TM)
My colleagues and I went to lunch with the executive Vice-President of a large, nationally known corporation. He also happened to be a client. We had travelled to his company headquarters many times to provide customer satisfaction research, quality assessment reports and front-line training.
"Do you know why I love you guys? Do you know why I keep you around?" he asked rhetorically in his usual boisterous manner. "It’s because you’re honest with your travel expenses! When I get your expense reports, it’s obvious that you aren’t taking advantage of me. I have consultants who try to charge me for the magazines they read in the airport, for $200 bottles of wine or for some luxury suite at an expensive hotel. You guys keep your expenses down and only charge me for the basic necessities. If you’re honest with me in your expense report, I know you’re honest with me in your projects!"
As a business owner and management consultant, young people sometimes ask me what they need to do to "get ahead." The answer is quite simple. Work hard. Be honest and faithful in the little things, and you will find yourself put charge of larger things.