Honesty Is The Best Policy

“Be straight with people.” I heard my Dad say that numerous times. And for him, being straight with people, at times, meant saying what the person may not want to hear.
Are you straight with people? Or do you stretch the truth?
In the book of I Samuel, Israel had just selected Saul as their king. Then, Samuel stood before he people and said, “I have served as your leader from the time I was a boy to this very day. Now testify against me in the presence of the Lord and before his anointed one. Whose ox or donkey have I stolen? Have I ever cheated any of you? Have I ever oppressed you? Have I ever taken a bribe and perverted justice? Tell me and I will make right whatever I have done wrong.”
Then, the people replied, “…you have never cheated or oppressed us, and you have never taken even a single bribe.”
Then, Samuel responded, “The Lord and his anointed one are my witnesses today,” Samuel declared, “that my hands are clean.”
I love that phrase…”my hands are clean.”
So, let’s imagine you were in Samuel’s position. If you stood before people you had known all your life, what would they say? Would you be able to say, “My hands are clean?”
Don’t lie to people. Be honest. Tell the truth. If you lose a sale, you just lose a sale. If you lose a game, you just lose a game. But be honest. If you don’t get the job, you just don’t get the job.
Someone told me once that if you tell people the truth, you don’t have to remember what you told them. That is spot on!
“I love this poem by Edgar Guest;
I have to live with myself, and so,
I want to be fit for myself to know;
I want to be able as days go by,
Always to look myself straight in the eye;
I don’t want to stand with the setting sun
And hate myself for the things I’ve done.
I don’t want to keep on a closet shelf
A lot of secrets about myself,
And fool myself as I come and go
Into thinking that nobody else will know
The kind of man I really am;
I don’t want to dress myself up in sham.
I want to deserve all men’s respect;
But here in this struggle for fame and pelf,
I want to be able to like myself.
I don’t want to think as I come and go
That I’m for bluster and bluff and empty show.
I never can hide myself from me,
I see what others may never see,
I know what others may never know,
I never can fool myself — and so,
Whatever happens, I want to be
Self-respecting and conscience free.”

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