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20130625-204217.jpg“I promise to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me, God.”

As a parent, I’ve had many a day where I felt like the judge and jury sorting through two versions of a story to discover the truth and determine which child was at fault before passing judgment. But it’s not just kids who have can embellish the facts or conveniently leave out details.

That brings us to this weeks’s character trait of truthfulness. Earning future trust by accurately reporting past facts. Relating the actual state of the matter. Freedom from deceit or falseness. Open, honest, or candid.

This trait reminds me of the story of the boy who cried “wolf!” He told a lie and got the attention of the townspeople who came rushing to his rescue. After a couple times, they stopped believing him. So, when a wolf really did stop by the village for an afternoon snack … well, let’s just say the boy (and the sheep) wished he’d earned their trust.

Telling the truth matters.

What about you? Do you know a chronic liar? Do you trust what they have to say or find yourself looking for supporting evidence? Would others consider you to be truthful?

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