“The Truth Will Set You Free”

“The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith “- 1 Timothy 1:5

I have a story to tell about my daughter today. I made sure to ask for her permission first, though. I didn’t want to embarrass her but she made me very proud last night and I felt the need to share it.

We were having a conversation about a particular matter and I felt she wasn’t being honest with me. I asked her repeatedly if she was telling me the truth. I even used the standby that usually gets her. I always ask “What would God say about this?” She stood firm and said she was telling the truth. So I let it go and continued reading my book while she went to get ready for bed.

She came back into the room a couple minutes later and said “Mommy!?” I looked up, startled, and saw her standing there with a look of fear on her face, her little hands to her mouth and her lip quivering. I asked her what was wrong. She said “I lied! I lied! Take away my iPod, my phone, anything you want. I was wrong. I lied!” I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her, so instead of getting upset I pulled her to me and asked her why she had lied. She said “I don’t know.” I said “Okay. Why did you tell the truth?” She said “Because I couldn’t stand it! I knew God would be upset with me.” And her tears just continued to flow.

I could have punished her. I could have lectured her on how wrong it was to lie. Instead I hugged her and thanked her and told her how proud I was of her for listening to her conscience. I told her that God was her conscience and if she always lived her life that way, she would be blessed.

I have to say, I have never had a prouder “Mom Moment” in my life. It may sound silly, being that it was all based on her telling a lie, but I realized at that moment that all I have been trying to teach her had sunk in. And I pray that it will remain there all of her life.

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