Truth is Right
“Lying lips are detestable to the Lord, but faithful people are His delight.” - Proverbs 12:22
As a kid, I played football for one season. I was 13 years old at the time and weighed all of 73 pounds soaking wet, so football wasn’t my sport of choice. Still, all my friends were playing, so I thought I would give it a try.
The name of our team was the Spartans, and ours was the team to beat since the team had won the championship in each of the previous three seasons. The reason was our coach. He was truly the best coach I ever had. He used a playbook that was two inches thick and put us through four grueling practices a week. Under his guidance, we didn’t lose a game all season, but the most valuable lesson I learned from him wasn’t on the field.
Coach had a reward system in which he gave out red and gold stars for attendance and blue stars for good plays. On a few occasions, the whole team would receive blue stars after a great game. I remember receiving a blue star for tackling our best runner in practice. One day after practice, the coach was calling out names for perfect attendance over the previous two weeks. When he called out my name, I spoke up and said that I had actually missed a practice. Without missing a beat, Coach said I got a blue star for telling the truth.
Just like many people from my father’s generation, my coach valued honesty, and now I’ve come to value it, too. That moment had a profound effect on my life, and it has helped shape me into who I am today.
With honesty comes credibility. If people think of you as an honest person, they will trust what you say. Unfortunately, we don’t have a lot of good role models for honesty today, as most politicians and public figures tend to lie when it serves their purposes. However, as Christians, we can look to Jesus, who always told the truth. He never backed down from a tough situation in which the truth might damage His popularity, and He was able to communicate it in such a way as to make a lasting impression on those around Him.
Today, let’s learn from my coach and the ultimate Coach and maintain a standard of honesty. It may not be the easy way, but it’s always the right way.
- Are you honest with yourself and others when assessing your athletic performance? In what situations is that difficult for you?
- Do you play fair, or do you believe that anything goes as long as you don’t get caught? What might be the consequences of playing that way?
- Describe Jesus’ standard of honesty.
- Are there any situations in which you shouldn’t be honest?
2 Corinthians 8:21
“Thank You, Father, for the coaches who care about developing character in their players. I pray specifically for the coach in this devotion, who is experiencing health problems. I ask You to encourage him and let him know how much of a difference he made in so many lives. And, Lord, I pray that You would encourage and strengthen all of us to speak the truth in love, just as You have directed us in Your Word. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”