Honesty Rather Than Hypocrisy

In the midst of family crises, pain-filled events often erupt between relatives.  Emotional heartaches are birthed through unkind words.

Recently, I confronted a family member about a hurtful, unjustified remark said about me behind my back. I had waited for months for that person to tell me of the concern. However, I sadly learned that the relative chose to tell others rather than address it personally with me.

Finally in a recent conversation with that relative, I could take it no more and exposed the relative’s unkind remark by confronting the issue one-on-one. Although not well received and the conversation strained, I experienced relief by exposing the secrecy.

Honesty, although painful, is the best policy. When one chooses to gossip to others rather than address the source, it severely impairs a relationship.

I think of what my frank grandmother used to say: “I have my faults but at least no one can call me a hypocrite.”

Dear Lord, help me to be like Grandma!

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About Our Dark Night of the Soul: Finding Solace Through Suffering

Our Dark Night of the Soul: Finding Solace Through Suffering shares the true story about a sudden family tragedy. As author of the book to be published in the summer of 2014, the true account tells of my sister being rear ended by a drunk driver. She barely survives the high speed crash being left to live as a quadriplegic. Written from a brother's perspective, the manuscript shares the heartfelt story of ongoing physical and emotional pain experienced by both victim and family. Only through God's grace can a family survive such a tragedy!
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One Response to Honesty Rather Than Hypocrisy

  1. Earl Hicks says:

    Love rejoiceth not in iniquity (Hypocrisy), but rejoiceth in the truth; (Honesty),
    Earl

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