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To Be Honest with You

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To Be Honest with You

Ready:

"Food gained by fraud is sweet to a man, but afterwards his mouth is full of gravel."- Proverbs 20:17

Set:

Sometimes I believe English is the first spoken language in America, and "dishonesty" a close second. I often hear people say, "To be honest with you . . ." Does that mean that in previous conversations, they were not telling the truth? To have a successful team, to be a champion on and off the court, honesty must exist!

I once offered an orange to a boy at basketball practice. He loved oranges, because they're so juicy. He took the orange with excitement, yet within seconds realized it was hollow. I had deceived him to show the affect of being dishonest. He was disappointed and constantly reminded me that I had lied. Some would claim it was "just a joke." But what happens if we continually "joke"? We lose trust in each other. Dishonesty is a team killer.

Sometimes we may tell a lie to get something we want. If that something is acquired, it may seem "sweet" as Proverbs 20:17 states; but, in the end, will be disappointing and hurtful. Telling a lie may be pleasurable like a doughnut, but as we are savoring it, it will turn into dirt-disgusting, distasteful, and even painful on the teeth! It's time to be strong and honest and build trust in our relationships and on our teams. Being an honest person will lead to a champion attitude.

Go:

  1. Have you recently joked around and discovered that it hurt someone?
  2. Have you noticed how dishonesty can tear a team apart?
  3. When is it hard to be honest?

Workout:

Proverbs 12:19; 12:22; 1 Corinthians 13:5-7

 

Overtime:

Heavenly Father I know You hate dishonesty and love truth. Help me to be honest in all I say and do. I want to see my relationships become strong and trustworthy, and I can only do this with Your help. Thank You. Amen.

About the Author:

Rex Stump