Are you a liar? Most people would be offended if asked that question. We like to think of ourselves as honest. But are we?
The adage that actions speak louder than words applies here. Do your actions completely line up with your words? I would have answered definitely until I reflected a minute. Sometimes I say I will do something by a certain time, but either I neglect to do it or complete the task late. In my mind, the task is small and inconsequential because I promptly complete anything I consider to be important. It does not matter how I prioritize the responsibility, not doing some lesser job when I said I would makes me a liar.
In the past I would tell someone I would meet them at a certain time, but invariably I’d arrive five minutes later than I said I would. I planned to be dependable but failed to do what I said. My good intentions do not always translate into actions for many legitimate reasons. Unexpected conflicts happen, but habitually arriving late means I do not tell the truth.
At times it is what we do not say that makes our words a lie. Leaving out vital information with the intent to deceive is lying. This does not mean that one must be brutally honest. The difference between not saying cruel, but honest, words and withholding important information is easily discerned by most people.
In small but crucial ways, we all lie on occasion to manipulate our life experiences.
The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death. Proverbs 21:6
Resolved Day 12: I will be aware of both my words and my actions. Through both I will be truthful and kind today.