The wants of a thief and the need of a samaritan

Posted by: Lorrie Reyes


Possessions and belongings are so often disregarded. Especially in today’s day and age with the help of technology, companies are constantly turning things over. We tend to get stuck in a chronic state of ‘want‘ and mix that feeling with a state of “need.”

It’s so easy to take things for granted.

I did this just last week. Being a full-time student and working full-time I am always on the go. In between my 6am-7pm day of work and school I lost my wallet in the shuffle.

While waiting in line to pick up lunch before I had to be back at work I started checking my back pocket for my wallet. Not there. I thought I must have left I it in the car. So I got out of line and checked my purse. Then frantically my backpack. My laptop bag. My jacket. My car.

Not there.

I thought, “Ok, I must’ve left it at work.” Then my cell phone rang. It was the sheriff’s department at my school.

Someone had turned in my wallet.

I got there and checked it. All my credit cards were still in tact. My money was still there. My Starbucks gift card that I don’t use was this there.

I was shocked.

But I didn’t realize how lucky I was until I heard a fellow classmate of mine got her voice recorder stolen from our newsroom. Someone sought out her purse, took it to the men’s bathroom and stole her recorder.

I wish the person who had maliciously stolen her bag had the conscious of the person who found and returned my wallet.

I was shocked then, but am now so thankful. I am so happy there are people out there that are still realize the difference between “want” and “need.” I hope I am one of those people.