Another 20c for the truth
My mother was an exceptional woman. She brought up six boisterous children. Sundays in church she sat stock still, not moving an inch, although she had to keep all six of us in check, because she was the pastor’s wife, you know. One thing about her that I will never forget was her 110% honesty. She taught us to be 100% honest at all times, to say what you mean and not to leave a gap even for a white lie.
I’ve told this story about my mother and her honesty before, but it’s such a beautiful story that I would like to share it again. My older brother was in the army in Bloemfontein and phoned home every Sunday. He would have a nice long chat with everyone from the oldest to the youngest. My mom wasn’t stupid and soon calculated the cost of the telephone calls compared to a young soldier’s income. Something didn’t smell right. Then Mom heard about penny flicking (that’s when you tie a 20c coin to a piece of string, drop it down the slot and when the phone asks for some more money from you so that you can keep on talking, you tug on the string and keep on talking). I could see that she was quite upset about this. After every chat she always grabbed her handbag and went for a walk.
It was only a couple of years later that she told us that she had walked to the nearest public telephone and to put in some 20c coins for all those that my brother did not. 110% honest!
In verse 2 Paul gives us some good advice: 2We refuse to wear masks and play games. We don’t manoeuvre and manipulate behind the scenes. And we don’t twist God’s Word to suit ourselves. Rather, we keep everything we do and say out in the open, the whole truth on display, so that those who want to can see and judge for themselves in the presence of God.
Even in business you are often asked to accept something under the counter or to cheat the Receiver of some income. The devil throws out big bait with small hooks to get us hooked. Little bites of the loose cash we stick in our back pockets and before you know it, you swallow the big hook. After a while you can’t make it without that money and you’re caught in a cycle hiding from the truth.
A friend of mine has lost hope; she’s single and alone and her relationships simply don’t work out. She’s prepared to do anything for a little bit of love and, therefore, the truth gets lost now and then. I tell her that is actually the reason why her relationships are not working out. It doesn’t help to hide your debt. It doesn’t help to leave your dirty laundry under the bed. At some time or another someone will see. Crooks will be found out.
Let’s stand for the truth. Let’s try with extra power from above to do and speak the right things. Let’s be honest and do everything above board. Let’s pour our words in the Truth of God “out in the open, the whole truth on display.”
What is bothering you?
Do you have to put something right?
How will you do it?
Lord, please help me to live close to You every day, because when I’m close to You, Your light shines over me and I can stand against the dark. Amen