I've been trying to be better about getting up and reading devotionals each day. With the busy nature of life today it's often hard to settle down and give God the time I know He deserves. So, I've been -- with a certain level of success -- reading the online (blog) version of "Our Daily Bread" and I would wholeheartedly recommend it for anyone looking for something to start his or her day out right. Today's entry is about America's "National Honesty Day." And, to be quite honest (no pun intended), this is the first time I've heard of such a designation. Alas, April 30th is Honesty Day! Read more about it here.
The entry caused me to think over how prone we all are, as sinful beings, to lying. Sometimes the lies are simple or, as we tell ourselves at the time, harmless. Other times, our lies multiply and breed even more mis-truths. I know I've been guilty (and, unfortunately, will likely be guilty of such offenses again in the future) of this. In the Bible, Proverbs 13:5 says the following,
A righteous man hates lying, But a wicked man is loathsome and comes to shame.
Additionally, Proverbs 12:17 says,
He who speaks truth declares righteousness, But a false witness, deceit.
After my conversation with Nate Phelps yesterday (son of "pastor" Fred Phelps), lying and the damage it can do is such an appropriate topic (an article will follow, though you can read my past thoughts on Westboro Baptist Church here).
In the end, we're all prone to lying, but we're not incapable of stopping. Surely, we can be more aware and place more value on the truth. Even small lies are unacceptable, though they may not seem so at the time. In discussing politics, in our jobs, when dealing with family and in other areas of life, we may perpetuate mis-truths without even realizing it. We'll never be perfect, but this is one area we can all strive to work harder to rein in.
Just some thoughts to start the day.