There will be many times in our years of parenting when we’ll have the chance to be dishonest. It can be something big or little that we can be dishonest about. It may even be that you weren’t completely dishonest with your words. We’ve had that chance recently and it was small, so small that it really wouldn’t have affected anyone. Then, I thought of our three boys and how they knew the whole truth.
It may not be a complete lie, it can just be not all the truth, but it still matters. We are responsible for our actions in front of our children. Being honest is one of the most important virtues we can show them. If we don’t show them how to be honest, then who will? Showing them how to be honest will help them in their days to come. It may not always be easy for us or for them to tell the truth, but it’s what the Father desires us to do.
Even when we think no one is watching, our children are watching our every move.
Honesty is a character trait that the Father loves. Even if our children didn’t know about the dishonesty, He does. He will test us to see how far we’ll go. It may seem that the liars gain success and the honest can’t get ahead most of the time, but it’s not that way with the Father. His eyes see all that happens. He will not let an unjust deed go unpunished, just like He won’t let a just deed go without reward. We just have to remember that and show our children this world is not our home.
Our success will be measured at the end of age by God’s weights, not man’s. So honesty may not get you far up the world’s ladder, but it will on His. It will lay a foundation and pattern for our children to follow all their days. That’s way more important than any success we can gain through dishonesty.
Father, thank You for showing us how to parent and giving us an example to follow. Help us to remember our children are always watching and learning from us. We want them to learn good habits and traits from us. Give us the wisdom to do what’s right and the strength to be honest. The world may gain from being dishonest, but that’s not what we desire. We want to be honest women who stay true to You. We want to lay a good foundation for our children to stand on. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Dishonest scales are detestable to the Lord,
but an accurate weight is His delight.