It turns out, mine isn’t worth much.
Let’s see how far you can get on fifty dollars.
What? Could that be possible? I would sell my honor, my integrity, my honesty for a measly fifty bucks?
Maybe not, but I have to admit I was tempted.
I’m in the middle of a competition of sorts. 5 for $5 we call it, where several of us have gathered to set out and meet five goals. Each person chipped in five dollars, established five goals and reports their success (valued in points) each week for five weeks.
It’s a clever idea, motivating and challenging, requires little administrative organization from me (other than gathering the money and keeping track of points) and places the work squarely back on the shoulders of the group.
Except for one thing – we’re all following the honor system. If I want to have a chance to win the grand prize money, I have to have nearly a perfect score each week. Twice in the past two weeks I have been sorely tempted to “stretch” the truth regarding my goals.
Are white lies “little?” Do they still count as lies?
Lies = 3.1415926535. Oh wait, that’s Pi. My mistake.
If my goal is to record my food daily and stick to a certain calorie count and I “forget” to include a few items, am I lying? If I spend the day cleaning but never make it to the gym for a “workout,” can I call my cleaning time “exercise?”
More importantly, am I teaching my children to be honest when no one is looking? To be aware that God is watching their actions, knows their hearts and sees the choices they make? Do they know the reasons BEHIND the “rules and regulations” set by our family?
Am I teaching them what the Lord thinks about: honesty, kindness, self-control, and personal honor? Are the decisions they make, that govern their lives, based on scripture and what God wants for them?
Would you sell your honor for some cookies?
These questions haunt me as my own temptations rise to face me.
Do we sell away pieces of our integrity for small change?
I know that you are pleased with me, for my enemy does not triumph over me. In my integrity you uphold me and set me in your presence forever. (Psalm 41:11-12)
Project 366 – Day 77