Showing respect to the LORD will make you wise, and being humble will bring honor to you. – Proverbs 15:33
The civic leaders of Burlington, Colorado, could not find a doctor to settle in their rural area. They didn’t want to rely on the federal government for help. Then Harold McArthur (Farm Implement Dealer), age eighty-two, came up with an idea. “I’ve been lucky,” he told them, talking about his farming equipment dealership. “I’ve made a pot full of money . . . I like this idea so much I’ll pay for it myself.”
McArthur was willing to finance medical school tuition and books for two Burlington High School graduates who would promise to stay in the area after completing their education. McArthur, who came from a low-income family of twelve, was thrilled with the two prospective doctors. Sacramento Pimentel and James Perez were born in Mexico to migrant workers, and both had worked in the field with their families.
Colorado State University awarded the young men undergraduate scholarships, and once they were ready for their graduate program, McArthur stepped in with his aid. The two young men agreed on a handshake to keep their part of the bargain by staying in the area. And Harold McArthur promised to see that the two young men were prepared to serve their communities as physicians—a commitment acted out in the power of good faith.
Is it really possible to do business on a handshake in this litigation-mad world? Sometimes men and women are inclined to promise the moon, their selfish motives masked by flippant vows and quickly forgotten reassurances. God expects better things of His children. As we represent Him in this world, our personal integrity becomes a treasure we offer to others. Our word, like His, becomes trustworthy. Our name comes to represent honesty and truth. God never breaks His promises to us! He expects us to keep the same faith with one another.
I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have. ― Abraham Lincoln