I remember when I lied to Jeg one time. It was over a stinkin water bill. I had forgotten to pay it, twice, and the city cut us off. It wasn’t that we err broke or anything, I just didn’t pay it. She asked me what the deal was and I told her that it was an error on the city. Later that day, she found out and it hurt her so bad. It was a hurt that took a while to recover from. But we did and are a better couple for it.
What I’m getting at is that telling the whole truth is is super important to any kind of relationship. My parents always told us, “Tell the truth, no matter what. Even if it gets you in trouble.”
I have gotten myself into a mess of trouble just for telling on myself, but it helped in the long run. So what does that say? It screams integrity.
So what’s integrity? Most everyone has a basic understanding of it, but few choose to exercise it. Here’s an idea for you if you are still confused.
So is it just about telling the truth? If that were the case, people could get away with telling “their version” of the truth all the time and still be in good moral standing in their mind.
Integrity is telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, all the time. Does it hurt? Well of course it hurts, but you’re gonna be better for it.
Check out what The Word says:
“The integrity of the honest keeps them on track; the deviousness of crooks brings them to ruin.”
Proverbs 11:3 MSG
Taking the short way around things might be the easy way at first, but eventually, those little lies add up. Your stories become more elaborate and your web of deception will start to ensnare more people.
You can read all the best self-help books, post all kinds of fancy pull-out quotes to your social media but if your integrity is shot, those words don’t make a hill of beans.
There will be a day when you realize what you have done; hopefully, it won’t be too late to salvage a friendship or even a marriage.
I know that this might ruffle some feathers and even downright piss some folks off, but that should just tell you that you got some business that you need to work on.
Let me know what you think, leave a comment below and share this your friends. Y’all be safe out there.