Truth has a way of waiting for us to come forth and confess the lies of our lives. It has a way of gazing at us until we can bear the look of truth no longer.
I came across this quote today and thought it went hand in hand with today’s news stories. I pondered about the whole concept of truth today. I believe that knowingly lying to someone, for me personally is a serious, serious offense. Relationships are built on trust, and whether you tell small lies, manipulate the truth, or mislead someone to believe something other than the real truth, you damage that relationship.
The question I have to ask myself is how does someone live with himself knowing they are dishonest. How do you look yourself in the mirror and sleep at night. It must be like a chain around your neck that you can never shake loose from. Although invisible, the weight of it must become unbearable over time. OR do you actually start to convince yourself that your words are the truth even though all the facts say otherwise. All I know is lying is wrong. It is deceitful, malicious and cruel to anyone on the receiving end. I hope I have ingrained in my own kids how offensive this really is. Sometimes telling the truth is hard. Coming clean is hard. But lying after someone knows you are lying is just disgusting.
I was able to apply this at home today. It was obvious Chase did NOT take his medicine today but he insisted he did to both me and his teacher. I sat him down and talked to him about character. I taught him the importance of words and how telling lies even small ones leave scars on your character. That is how it starts. Lies then cheating then who knows what. Once your moral compass is spinning in too many directions you lose your way. Lies start out as small and then they grow. Small lies turn into big lies which in return make the small lies not look so bad. He finally came clean. I was able to make him understand that although coming clean is hard, the person on the receiving end will forgive and be grateful for the truth. It doesn’t undo or justify the lie, but it sure says a lot about his character. It was a good lesson in midst of all the stories in the news today. I can only hope that others feel truth is as important as I think it is because any relationship based on lies lacks trust and is doomed to fail. Something to think about….