Peter’s Toy Truck
Story description: A Christian based short story on personal holiness. This particular story themes explicitly on the sin of coveteousness and failure to kindness.
It was Saturday in the afternoon. And Peter, Martin’s best friend, who had come over to play was just picked up by his mother.
“See you tomorrow at Sunday school, God willing”. Yeld Martin as the car drove off. Martin often have lots of fun playing with his friend Peter. Neither do either seem to regret that they have each other for a best friend.
As he returned from the gate, Martin thought he might spend some little time on the swing located by the right hand side of the house and accordingly headed thereto. But as he swang, he recalled that it was almost dinner time. He then got off the swing and went further around the house over to the back door leading to the kitchen. Getting there found that dinner was indeed already served and his 3 year old sister was already seated and eating. Martin accordingly took a seat by his sister, gave thanks as per his Sunday school teachings of prayer and then started enjoying his dinner. When he was almost done, he spotted something behind the opened door leading to corridor that he thought he recognised. Knowing that it was not permissible to leave the table between meals for no valid course, he held back and continued eating. But he sought to try and be as fast finishing as he reasonably could. Once he was done, he sled off the chair and headed over to the door.
It was his friend Peter’s wooden tow truck. One of the few favourite toys he had brought with him earlier and must have forgotten it. Martin enjoyed playing with the same truck as well. In fact he loved playing with it so much that he even wished he owned one like it. But his father had so far only promised to get him one.
Martin thought he might take the truck over to his room for some more towing gameplay. “It’s alright – Peter shouldll receive it back when he comes over again next week”. Martin thought to himself as he started playing with it. Greatly excited that he should have the truck to himself for the whole week. “I should let mom know that Peter forgot his truck”. Peter further thought to himself. “Yes then she would call and let Peter’s mom know the truck was forgotten back here”. He went on. “No perhaps I should not”. Martin said out loud. He suddenly feared that if his mom should phone Peter’s mom, then they might suggest that he brings it along to Sunday school. And thus shorten up the truck’s stay.
On that note he thought to rest the matter and got on with the towing business. Presently a thought stroke him. “Peter will more than likely miss his truck.” Martin further thought out loud. “And I expect he should be more grateful to have it brought along to Sunday school for him. And that he should be more grateful to know as soon as possible that it was left here. The truck is not mine but Peter’s. Labouring to keep it by me longer than necessary will be nothing short of covetousness. I should certainly let my mom know and also beseech her to phone Peter’s mom to inform her about the truck. On which resolution, Martin took to his feet and immediately there was a knock on the door. “Are you there dear”? It was his mother. “Yes I am mom”. Martin replied and went over to open the door.
“I was about to come looking for you, mom”. He added. “O I see dear – and Peter’s mom called asking if Peter had not forgotten his tow truck back here”. Informed his mom. “Yes he did and that is exactly what I thought would come and tell you of.” Peter said and then reached for the truck from the floor. “Here it is”. Martin presented. “No it is alright – you can keep it by you”. She replied. “I shall call her back and advise that you should hopefully bring it with you to Sunday school tomorrow”. She added. “OK mom”. Agreed Martin. On which note his mom left. Martin went and set on his bed, placed the truck by him and fixed his on the adjacent wall. He was grateful to God for how all turned out. Understanding that unless there truck is willfully lended to him, that he has no portion on it lest he should fall into sin. And that he instead had better plead with God for grace to avail his own truck. On which note he thought he might kneel down and implore His mercies for the same.