What does it mean to be honest? It means to be truthful in all you do and say, and to be be truthful with others, including yourself. Even when you tell the truth in admitting you did something wrong, it solves the problem much better.
What about when you tell a lie? When you make up a lie, it only grows and grows into a bigger problem. Telling lies get you nowhere but into a heap of trouble. It can also ruin your life, or the life of the person you’re lying about.
Let me tell you a story about a person who had lied about someone and got them in a lot of trouble. I will refer to the one who made up the lie as “Jane” and the one who she lied about as “Frank”.
The story goes: 14 year old Jane wanted to date and her step-dad, Frank, didn’t want her to until she was 16. Jane was not happy about this. Her boyfriend told her to turn Frank into the police for beating her, though he never had.
Jane thought that would be a great way to get Frank off her case, though she didn’t realize the consequences of what she was about to do. Her step-dad was arrested and thrown in jail but had no idea why. Jane and her siblings were taken out of their home and put in foster care. Jane didn’t know her lie would go this far but was afraid of telling the truth for fear of getting in trouble, so she kept the lie going.
Frank lost his job, his home, his freedom and his family, all because of this one lie. It took over a year for Frank to clear his name but will never be the same again. Integrity, happiness, dignity, innocence and trust were lost.
Everything crumbles around a lie. Honesty builds up the foundation of trust. Even if telling the truth hurts up front, lying hurts even worse in the end.
“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” ~Mark Twain