Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
1 John 3:18
Meriam-Webster defines honesty as:
“the quality of being fair and truthful.” How many of us are truly fair and truthful on a daily basis? Honesty sounds so simple, but is one of the most difficult things for many of us to do. Sometimes we are dishonest by mistake, our mouth moves faster than our mind. Other times we are dishonest to spare another’s feelings. And, there are also times that we are dishonest simply for the pure gain of it. Reality is that no one likes being lied to or treated unfairly. People have a hard time respecting or trusting dishonest people no matter how good their intentions are. Honesty is very important to each of our lives. We all need people that are honest with us. Even more importantly we need to be honest with ourselves as well.
Being dishonest is not always intentional, but is still harmful regardless. We each have to stop allowing ourselves passes to lie for any reason. This week, I ask that we start addressing our own dishonest moments along with stopping others from being dishonest with us. No matter how arkward it is this week, when you have a dishonest moment immediately correct it.
“We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters…….. that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules…. and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.”