Julia was sick. Her stomach was doing flips and she felt hot and cold at the same time. But her best friend was supposed to be coming over any minute for a sleepover.
“Julia, you don’t look so good, are you feeling okay?” Her mother looked at her, worried.
“I feel great Mom!” Julia tried to smile to cover up her lie.
Just then the door bell rang and Julia ran to open it. Running was a bad idea. When she threw the door open, she started getting sick, and she threw up on Claire’s shoes!
Claire was very sad about her pretty shoes getting ruined by her friend’s sickness. She also got sick two days later, after having been exposed to Julia’s germs. Julia’s mother took care to make sure Julia felt better quickly, but also let her know how hurt she was that Julia had told a lie.
“Telling the truth is important. When we lie, we ruin trust, hurt those we love, and bad things ALWAYS happen after a lie. I think it’s time to pray for God’s forgiveness and help, how about you, Julia?”
Julia bowed her head to pray, and vowed that she would work very hard at telling the truth from that day on.
“Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.” Proverbs 12:19
Why is it important to tell the truth?