Thursday, October 18, 2012
Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight. ~Proverbs 12:22
Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom. ~Thomas Jefferson
I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man. ~George Washington
I sometimes wonder if honesty is valued at all any more.
Our girls have been interested in the recent Presidential debates and, as I sit and watch them with my family, I find it sad that we have to wonder who is telling the truth.
However, it's not just in the political arena that we seem to see a lack of honesty, but in everyday situations.
We are trying to teach our girls that honesty is the only policy. The ends never justifies the means; it's never "okay" to lie in order to save yourself from some unpleasantness.
I realize that I have to set the example of honesty before our children. I must be truthful, in the way I live as well as in the way I speak.
We explained to our daughters at a young age that lying will be dealt with more strongly than any other infraction. It is impossible to maintain trust in our relationship with them if we question whether or not they are telling us the truth.
I want to encourage myself - and hopefully you, as well - to teach our children to be people of character and to be honest in all their dealings.