Think a minute…A recent survey of questions was given to thousands of people. Their names were not known or recorded so they would answer the questions honestly. Out of all these people, 91% said they regularly tell lies.
Half of them call in to their jobs and say they’re sick when they’re not sick at all. In fact, over half of all stealing from stores and businesses is done by their own employees.
Another question was this: “What are you willing to do for $10 million?” 25% of the people said they would leave their mate and children, and 7% said they would murder a stranger for $10 million. So in a crowd of 1000 people, there are 70 people who would kill you for $10 million. Think about it!
I asked myself: How much like those average citizens am I? Have I lied to family or friends? Stolen from my workplace? Have I cheated in school or on my taxes? Broken any of my promises? If I was guaranteed I could get away with anything I wanted, what would I do? What is my conscience, self-respect, and good character worth?
A famous writer said: “Honesty is like art: you have to draw the line somewhere.” But the problem is who draws the line? Me by myself? My circumstances and situation? You see, since all we humans have rebelled and chosen to live our own way, lying, cheating and stealing now come rather naturally to us. We do whatever it takes to get what we want. And if we don’t, most people think we’re weak and foolish! That’s actually how confused we’ve become.
It all starts with the little dishonest things we say and do regularly. We think it’s just a little white lie or small thing we stole. But soon, being dishonest becomes our way of living.
Yet, no matter how much money and prestige we have, we’ve become the poorest person there is. You see, it’s impossible to escape the painful penalty and consequences of all our dishonesty in life—except for one way: Ask Jesus Christ to forgive you for your dishonest heart and way of living.
Then ask Him to help you start changing everyday to become a truly wealthy person of integrity. Then He will give you the greatest success in life you can ever have. Just Think a Minute…