Truth… what a precious thing!
The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousand fold.
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. Even those things which can initially appear to be just a minor “white lie” can begin to snowball, and quickly lead us into greater deceit. Openness and honesty will always pay dividends, both seen and unseen, however difficult it may appear in the moment.
Thought for the day
The Truth is so beautiful, so powerful, so compelling, so convincing, so convicting… so right! We who are well into the process of recovery will admit that no matter how religious we may have thought ourselves to be, we knew little about Truth. If we were honest with ourselves we could not have looked ourselves in the mirror. Somehow we managed to be truthful, just enough, that people could not imagine how dishonest and deceitful we actually were.
So how am I doing now? Do I still take the easier softer way sometimes and lie just so I can save time and not complicate matters? Do I hide out and withhold the truth under the guise of “I don’t want to hurt him/her when all we’re really doing is trying to save our butts?
Do I really want to change and become truly honest knowing that it will require a commitment to change my life and the accompanying work? Am I really being honest with my sponsor about my thoughts, feelings and actions or am I holding back because I want to appear whole and deny my brokenness or lack of conviction? Am I really being honest with my loved ones and those who care about me about how well I am doing?
Have I really “reversed the field” and begun the paradigm shift that will take me from being a dishonest selfish man to one dedicated to self improvement and spiritual conversion?
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)~
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
~Jesus (John 8:32)~
Heavenly Father help me today to stay on the path of righteousness and to seek the perfection of character that truly leads to peace, success and a feeling of well being, one with you in all ways. Lord, I know that you despise dishonesty because it hurts your ears to know that we, your children, do not trust that you will make all things right for us. Give us the courage today to face all things as they truly are not seeking to run away from the truth. Help us to be authentic today and to rely only on your love, mercy and acceptance for our self esteem. In your name we pray. Amen