The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out. (Prov. 10:9)

THE COLORADO RESTAURANT MANAGER was sporting a Chicago Bears sweatshirt, so I asked if she was from Chicago. She said yes. So I told her I cheered for “da Bears” unless they were playing the Broncos. I also told her my wife and I had met at a Bible college in Chicago in 1955. When I mentioned the college by name, the manager said she knew the college quite well.

“I used to manage a valet parking company in Chicago, and I hired as many students as possible from your college,” she explained. “I knew they could be trusted not to steal from the cars.”

I have heard that some drivers have had bad valet-parking experiences. After receiving their cars, they learned that money and other valuables were missing from the glove box or a side door compartment. However, I have never had such an experience, and I believe most valet parking attendants are reputable.

The restaurant manager’s commendation of Bible college students emphasized what I have always suspected: on-the-job honesty gets noticed. An employee’s reputation as a person of integrity will come to the attention of his or her supervisor and perhaps even to the attention of the company president. It may offer an added degree of job security. But best of all, it will demonstrate the power of the Holy Spirit to produce holy character and conduct.

Perform even the lowliest job assignment honestly “as working for the Lord” (Col. 3:23).

Jim Dyet was born in Scotland and raised in Canada. Married for fifty-six years, he and Gloria live in Colorado Springs and enjoy daily walks with their three dogs.