A J-BAR PRAYER

Father, we come before you now on bended knee, hoping to honor you with our integrity. Please make our judgement as sound as steel and be our hands upon the wheel. Give us strength and vigilance on our routes and help us to serve others, as You did, Lord, without any doubts. Remind us to be gentle, humble and kind, and help us when we stumble in body and mind. Please shelter our families whilst we are away and bring us safely back to them at the end of this day.

Our topic this morning is one of our treasured Core Values: Honest Communication.

I can’t honestly say that I have always been honest.  I can say, however, that I have done my best to live with honesty and integrity and that being honest is always better than lying.

“Honesty” is marked as being free from deceit or untruthfulness, being sincere. The Christian life should be one marked with integrity and honesty, yet because we all sin and find it easy to do so, honesty is something that we need to work at.

The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous teaches that the path to recovery is one of “rigorous honesty” and that when we notice that we have been false, that we immediately try to correct the dishonest behavior or statements and that “Willingness, honesty and open mindedness are the essentials of recovery.” (P.568)

Jesus came to teach us a better way of life.  His Holy Bible teaches us: “Do your best to present yourself as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” (2nd Timothy 2:15); “The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy” and that “to do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.” (Proverbs 12:22 and 21:3); and (one of my all-time favorites) “Stop lying to each other; tell the truth, for we are all parts of each other and when we lie to each other we are hurting ourselves.” (Ephesians 4:25)

When we are honest with each other, it shows our love and respect, and allows us to make the best decisions that we can, based on facts — we learn to depend on one another, to believe in one another and we become a closer family when we tell the truth to each other.  If you find that you have been dishonest, I encourage you to make it right — your relationships will be better, you will be safer and your whole life will be more in sync with this Universe, made by our Creator.

We are J-Bar — we are blessed beyond measure. We love — we are thankful beyond measure. We serve, and in so doing become the leaders that God wants us to be.

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