When our oldest daughter was about six years old, I found myself in a very awkward situation. I had purchased a fireplace insert at full price and two months later found the exact insert at a significantly lower price.
This post is first in a series about leading oneself intentionally. It was inspired one Sunday morning while listening to a sermon at our church. And now, the rest of the story…
When I approached the sales person, she greeted me with a warm southern accent and asked me the standard questions. Everything was moving along, until the sales person asked if all of the original parts were in the box?
Well, I responded yes. She smiled and started the transaction to return the item, when out of the blue my daughter, who I thought was not paying attention, said “Mommy that’s not true. You put the insert you bought Saturday in that box.” Well needless to say, I was very embarrassed and told my daughter she was mistaken.
When we returned to our car, I began to chastise my daughter for embarrassing me. My daughter began to cry and she asked was it okay for me not to tell the truth. Well, I explained to her that it wasn’t really a lie because the store was getting the same item.
As I reflected on the experience, I realized I was teaching my daughter “truth is relative.” Of course that was not my intention.
So what is truth? According to Merriam-Webster, truth is “a statement or idea that is true or accepted as true.” Society would have us believe truth is what society accepts, therefore there is no absolute truth. Tolstoy said, “Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.”
However, what we believe has no impact on the truth. “Truth is really from God’s perspective (Otto, 2015). Therefore, we must ground ourselves in the truth of whose and who we are.
You have to know who you are to grow to your potential. But you have to grow in order to know who you are.”
– Dr. John C. Maxwell
Are you grounded in the truth?
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Dr. Kim Moore
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