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"Truthful words stand the test of time, but lies are soon exposed." - Proverbs 12:19 (New Living Translation)


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I've finally finished up on another new success wallpaper tonight. One that I've been going back and forth on for over a week now on just how I was to present the topic.

This new wallpaper is entitled, "Truth", and is my third new wallpaper for this year, as well as my 119th wallpaper overall to the site.

There are many reasons why I decided to focus on this topic, both personal and non-personal. I won't get into those here, but I do want to add my own thoughts on "truth".

Truth is something - when it hurts those who hear it - is something that's difficult to accept at times. It's strange in that it has the capability to hurt at first, yet over time it heals. Jesus used the expression "...and the truth shall set you free" in John 8. Other phrases like "the truth of the matter is...", "be honest with me", and the famous line shouted in the movies, "You can't handle the truth!", instantly cue that whatever follows will not be easy to accept by the listener.

Why do we lie? And why are we lied to? Some feel that sometimes it's the best way to go to at the time. Some would say "It's just a little white lie." But as Austin O'Mally once said, "Those who think it is permissible to tell white lies soon grow color-blind." When you start telling one lie, you soon find yourself telling another lie to cover that first one up. Then another. Then another. Soon you realize that it would've been better just telling the truth. I won't even get into the topic of how those lies can eat away at your conscience. I feel that many of you already know that uncomfortable feeling.

Telling the truth and being honest is always the best policy. Always! Yes, some believe that ignorance is bliss. Actually, sometimes it very well is. I know that sometimes the truth hurts big time. I understand that. But sooner or later, the truth will come out. And when it does, those mistruths, fibs, distortions, and cover-ups will hurt multitudes more then if the truth would've been given from the start.

I also would like to add that the truth is not equal to "keep'n it real". The truth doesn't have to be rude or offensive. I'm talking about facts and honesty here. We are not perfect beings, but we do have brains which have the wisdom to determine the difference between knowing when to tell the truth and when to be polite to people.

I believe all lies will one day be exposed by truth, given enough time. The truth may hurt at first, but it ultimately heals. In the end, both the giver and the receiver of truth will be grateful that truth was given instead of a lie.
- Original blog entry from 03.24.2012

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