A Little Lie…
The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.
When we allow fear or temptation to cause us to stray from the truth, the ultimate consequences are always far greater than any perceived short-term gain. Openness and honesty will always pay dividends, both seen and unseen, however difficult it may appear in the moment.
Thought for the day
Addicts whose self esteem is tied to their jobs and relative actions at work need to learn that we are not what we do. Who we are is solely determined by our relationship with God period. And as such our self esteem needs to be nurtured by our core belief system and the principles that rule our actions. We must be watchful however because “bad” actions can lead to bad character. The idea that there is such a thing as a little lie has to be permanently erased from our memory. The problem is that selective truth is part of our past lives as addicts. We lied so much, there was no differentiating between little lies, big lies and truth. It was all a matter of convenience. Therefore, do not consider the pains or benefits of Truth. I can assure you that if we decide to lie today, no matter how trivial a lie it is, we will surely pay for that sin tomorrow. The problem is that tomorrow may not come the next day. That is the reality of the wreckage of the past. Most often we just don’t know when the consequences will come. For us who choose Recovery…Truth is not an option! Besides, isn’t it wonderful not to have to remember what you said to whom?
Lord, Who shall dwell [temporarily] in Your tabernacle? Who shall dwell [permanently] on Your holy hill? He who walks and lives uprightly and blamelessly, who works rightness and justice and speaks and thinks the truth in his heart. ~Psalm 15:1,2 (AmP)~
Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart, And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. ~Proverbs 3:3-6 (NKJV)~
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
~Jesus (John 8:32)~
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. ~Philippians 4:8~