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Story of integrity was great way to start New Year

Thank you for running the wonderful front page story, “Integrity’s Bonus” on Jan. 2.

What a great way to start the New Year ” featuring a story of temptation of one man and the choice that he made.

Unlike most people, when Mike Seebaum found $500 in the garbage while at work for Waste Management, he reconsidered his first impulse of stuffing the money in his pockets.

“That ain’t right,” the inner voice told himas he pulled the money back out. Several times over, he pondered about it, looking at the money and then he did the right thing.

I love the part where he had said, “I guess God had sewn all my pockets shut.” For he had realized that he had to do what God told him to do, even though the money may have been greatly needed.

I have talked to various people about this story, and received different reactions. The most common was, “What an idiot! There is no way I would have done that. Finders keepers, losers weepers” and so on.

This took me by surprise, for I was greatly excited about this one man’s experience, and wanted people to hear about it. From what I saw, it was a great happening ” the intervention of God to man, during a situation of great temptation. How strong the Spirit must have spoken to have made such an impression that this man obeyed.

And the wonderful rewards that followed! I believe that Mike’s heart was in the right place, humble, to have received what he did. It’s beautiful.

And if he wasn’t rewarded and nothing happened like it does for most of us who would do the right thing, there is still that peace of mind. As Mike said, “It made me feel a lot better to do the right thing. I would have felt guilty if I’d stuck it in my pockets and left.”

So that may be all the reward of doing good and that should be enough. I bet Mike never dreamed of the bonus that God had in mind. You never know …

God bless Mike Seebalm and everybody.

Gloria Montgomery


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