Bad Business

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Daily Reading: 2 Chronicles 30:1-31:21, Romans 15:1-22, Psalm 25:1-15, Proverbs 20:13-15

Daily Verse: “Bad, bad,” says the buyer, but when he goes away, then he boasts.” Prov. 20:14

Bad business.

In today’s world, undervaluing a product to get a deal, then bragging about taking advantage of someone’s naivete happens. I love a good yard sale where people haggle for prices, but I don’t try and rip people off.

My most recent yard sale purchase, a white dresser and nightstand for my craft room saved me money. During our annual community yard sale, I spotted the treasure, valued at $80. The seller didn’t want to come down on the price because of the time of day; with four hours to go, she wanted to wait, telling me to return at the end of the day.

However, the weather didn’t cooperate, and it started to rain. Heading home, we did as she asked. The homeowner, desperate to get rid of everything, had marked it all free. When I asked if her offer included the dresser, she said no, lowering her price to $40, which I accepted. Grateful to get rid of the furniture; the transaction benefited both of us.

Don’t take advantage of people to save a buck. Better an honest reputation than cheating people. Things in this world don’t last, but our reputation outlives us.

Lord, thank You for allowing us to practice integrity. Help us develop a reputation for honesty in business as we put You first in our lives. Let us honor and serve You well. IJNIP. Amen

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