So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another. (Ephesians 4.25 NRSV)
When Sally was six years old, she was with her father when they were caught speeding. Her father handed the policeman a twenty-dollar bill along with his driver's license and the policeman did not give him a ticket. "It's all right, honey," the father said, "Everybody does it."

When the girl was eight, she was a part of a family gathering which discussed income taxes. Her uncle revealed how he had cheated the government out of a thousand dollars because he didn't report some of his earnings. He turned to Sally and said, "It's all right, Sally, everybody does it."

When Sally was twelve, she lost her contact lenses on the way to school. Her mother told him, "We'll just report to the insurance company that they were stolen. That way, they will pay for them." She added, "It's all right, Sally, everybody does it."

When she was nineteen, a college classmate offered Sally the answers for her upcoming test for $150. "It's all right," the upperclassman explained, "everybody does it." Sally was caught and was dismissed from the school. She was greeted at home by her father and mother who with great indignation said, "Where did you learn to act like that?" "I learned it from you, Mom and Dad."

Do you have integrity in every area of your life?

God of truth, show me the ways I need to be more truthful. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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