Do you remember the game “telephone”?
You know the one where a group sits in a circle, one person starts by whispering in another’s ear, the information is carried from one person to another, until the last person says the information out loud and most of the time the original information has become distorted over the course of the game.
This can happen in real life and with the purest of intentions and from just one conversation.
Elle: (to her friend Charlie) Did you know my Papa is a wedding singer?
Charlie: He is?
Elle: Yep, and he sang for the President.
Me: Actually he is a country dancer and danced at the White House.
Elle: Oh yeah, he’s a dancer and danced for the President.
Me: No not for the President, just at the White House.
Elle: But mom you said…
Me: What I said was he danced at the White House.
Elle: Oh I guess not for the President. The President was out of town.
Me: hmmm… I don’t know that the President was out of town. Do you know that to be true?
Elle: no, not exactly.
Sometimes it can be so easy to share information as factual but not exactly have all of the facts. Even if our intention isn’t to be dishonest, it’s important to remember that partial truth isn’t necessarily THE truth.
As my mother always said, “Your word is your honor” and honorable words are Gracious Living.
Although it can be hard, do you promise to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Or is it really that important? Talk to me?