A Story of Teen Honesty

Several weeks ago, a 14-year-old high school freshman name Connor Halsa went on a fishing trip with his family to Minnesota’s Lake of the Woods. As Connor was patiently waiting to hook a fish his line suddenly tightened up. Something was on the hook. Connor says, “I thought I had a big fish, and I set the hook really hard.” When he reeled in his line and his cousin held out the net, they were surprised to see that Connor didn’t have a Walleye on his line. Rather, he had pulled up a soggy wallet containing two thousand dollars in cash. They also found a business card inside which led them to the wallet’s owner, a farmer from Iowa named Jim Denney, who had dropped his wallet into the lake a year ago. Connor returned the wallet and it’s contents to Denney, and when offered a reward, refused it. Connor said, “We didn’t really work hard for the money. He did, so it was his money.” Connor did the right thing. We need to teach our kids that God calls us to truth-telling as the norm.