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Listen while you read: "Footprints Of Jesus"1 (Lyrics)
How could anyone cheat an elderly person? And simply to pad their pocket.
I was working my first job at an exterminating company — not my idea of the ideal job but all that was available at the moment, and it was paying my bills. Shortly after starting, I was transferred from spraying the insides of houses to treating the underneath sides. This was even more distasteful. But when I was called to install a moisture barrier under an elderly lady's home and was choked by the dust I encountered, my attitude deteriorated even more. How could a salesperson sell an elderly person something they obviously didn't need? Honesty was definitely not his policy. Making money was.
Wise King Solomon warned against dishonesty:
Proverbs 23:10 – Don't cheat your neighbour by moving the ancient boundary markers; don't take the land of defenseless orphans. (NLT)
Honesty is a reflection of character, and character is who I honestly am. Character involves the traits I display on a regular basis. It demonstrates what I value and don't value. My character will be reflected in my actions, in the goals I set, in my attitudes, and in the relationships I choose.
Honesty also exhibits integrity. When my character is what it should be, integrity will follow. Integrity is doing the right thing — all the time — whether no one is looking or whether everyone is gazing. Honesty in character leads to integrity. I may put down the moisture barrier because my job requires it, but I'll begin searching for another job … which I did.
Honesty reflects Jesus' nature. And after all, He's the one after whom I should model my life. Jesus displayed honesty and confronted dishonesty.
When I demonstrate honesty, God will honour my life and my efforts, and He will send blessings my way. It always has been — and always will be — the best policy. Let's follow it!
Prayer: Father in heaven, prompt us to exercise honesty in every action, thought, and attitude. Amen.