Each Sunday morning our children say together a simplified declaration of God’s attributes and their purpose. One of the phrases they say is “God Doesn’t Lie.” Using this as a launching pad, I share with them that honesty is very important to God. He will never lie to them. Since they are made in His image, when they lie, they are failing to live up to the level they were created for, (“falling short of the glory of God” is how Romans 3:23 puts it.) Jesus said of himself that he was “the truth.” He also said in John 8:32, “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” I have come to understand that truth is very important to God. If we are to “abide in Him” we must learn to value what He values and He values honesty. Not just honesty when it comes to our taxes but honesty with ourselves about how we feel, about what is going on inside of us. Children are often raised in an environment where the only honesty that is valued is honesty about what they have done wrong. When it comes to how they feel about something, or what they are wrestling with in their own life, they are taught to “suck it up,” to pretend as it were that they are happy and confident while inside they are frightened or sad. In the Bible, Moses and David were very special men to God. God had a high regard and value for them. They were men that were honest with God. They had a high value for honest and truthful relationships and they trusted God enough to be honest with Him. The result? He entrusted them with His most valued possession – people. God entrusted the leading and guiding of His people to each of these men. Why? Because He knew they were men of honesty. Not just integrity of finances but integrity of heart. They didn’t pretend with Him, they trusted His love enough that they could “be themselves,” which, when you think about it, was pretty wise (since He knows everything anyway.) So, my challenge for you: Do you encourage your children to have integrity of heart, or as David put it, “truth in my inward parts.” Or are they always trying to pretend to earn approval? Learn a lesson from the heart of God – He loves honesty. He knows already, and He loves anyway! He loves enough to want to be called your Father! This is the first step toward raising children to know their dependence on God and not to settle for a moralistic identity.