I’m currently doing a devotional called “Parenting God’s Way.” This morning the focus was on instilling ethical behavior in our children.
“Stress the rewards for honesty, including the blessing of a clear conscience. Encourage your children to understand that even if their dishonesty isn’t discovered, their own conscience will trouble them.”
I’ve never seen it so clearly written. Or read words that could articulate why you shouldn’t lie so well.
At 38 years old, there is nothing I hate more than a liar. Someone who will look you straight in the eyes and tell you nonsense! Especially those that do it without any remorse or guilt.
My children learn at school the habits of highly effective people. Modified slightly to make sense for 5 to 10 year olds. Integrity is one of the habits. Doing the right thing even when no one is looking.
Sometimes we have to choose the right thing even when it would be easier in the moment not to. Holding onto the guilt of knowing what you’ve did, can eat you alive. Having a clear conscious and living in an honest way, that’s worth everything!