Honesty and Strength

What are these two virtues?

How do they relate?

I know that it takes strength to be honest. Is the relationship reciprocal? Is honesty greater than strength? How have our cultural misconceptions (there are many, cliches in and of themselves) about strength tainted my own thinking?

And then, do I have them?

The cause of my pondering is an e-mail I received today – a sweet note, such a blessing – in which the writer said I did.

Of course, all I could think about were the times that I hadn’t been honest with that writer, and the times in which my honesty was measured, in which I thought, ‘let me be honest with you 75%, so you won’t even suspect that the other 25% exists.’

What weak honesty.

Is that the connection?

Thus begins a resolution, a new commitment to honesty. I want to encourage that little voice in my head that says, “If you take this action, will you be honest about it? Wouldn’t it be better to avoid the choice between mustering strength for shame or deception?”

May my honesty be strong, LORD. First to you.

simplify life by Jamie Marie

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