Teaching Honesty in a Dishonest World

January 17th, 2008

Our family tries very hard to be honest. We are the kind of folks that finds a football in a deserted park and leaves it there because it isn’t ours (our son learned this at an early age). We are the kind of family that finds a wallet full of cash and turns it into the nearest store. We don’t cheat on our taxes or lie to save our own skins. We believe that being dishonest is not how to live life. It just isn’t right, and we don’t want to be around those that are dishonest. “What goes around, comes around” is one of my favorite mottos.

As my husband has been traveling on business, we have been lax in removing all of our holiday yard ornaments. We haven’t had the lights on, but we haven’t taken them down yet. We have been swamped with a family wedding and lots of activities. Taking down
the ornaments has been on my “to do list” for about 2 weeks now.

This morning, my son and I woke up to find that someone during the night had stolen 2 of our white, spiral trees and our BEVO (Texas Longhorn ornament) from our front lawn. The BEVO was given to us by my mother-in-law a few years ago, and has been a joy to put up each Christmas. Now, someone else has it. Someone felt it would be funny to take something that wasn’t theirs.

At first, I was very angry. Why on earth would someone do that? Now, I realize that I need to forgive and move on. My son and I will say a prayer for those that felt stealing was fun. We will also make a few signs and post them in our yard:

STOLEN!

Bevo lawn decoration

PLEASE RETURN

I firmly believe in the 80/20 rule. 80% of the population is good and honest. It is that other 20% that you have to worry about. Our family will work very hard to remain in the 80%. For the 20%, you have my prayers.

One Response to “Teaching Honesty in a Dishonest World”

  1. I disagree Says:

    I am afraid you have it backwards. If there is still 20% honest folk living in America, I would say that is a huge over estimation and that amount seems to be dwindling at hyper speed. People are so blinded to truth and real kindness that few know what it is any more. And many that do know are to cowardly to stand for the truth in fear of losing their STUFF!!!

    This is a country that is now mostly built on deceit and the truly honest are now suffering from the sick, cover your own butt, rest of society. We are a sad sad country. Rich in stuff and so poor in ethics and God’s character. It’s so obvious why this country is falling apart. Human lives and families are being destroyed by hearts made of $$$$$ and sex. Jesus needs to come back and kick some you know what. And we need to PRAY hard for our children because the suffering they are going to be subjected to due to this final landslide of corruption is going to be so totally devastating to them spiritually, mentally and emotionally. It is truly time for Jesus to come back and kick some you know what.

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