White lie. Fib. Half truth. Exaggeration. Slight stretch.
These seem harmless, right? It’s not flat out lying, it’s just tweaking words until they are near the truth.
Feeling like you don’t want to go out but are too polite to tell that to a friend turns into, “Oh, I’m not feeling too well today. I think I’m going to have to cancel our plans.”
Sleeping ten minutes past your alarm clock and rushing out the door becomes, “I am late to work because there was a bit of traffic.”
No one even knows you are bending the truth just slightly.
Believable white lies are easy to give. Maybe it’s to spare a person’s feelings and your intentions aren’t malicious. It could be to cover your own faults or missteps.
Inch by inch you dig yourself deeper into a hole. Inch by inch you build one small lie on top of another to create a mountain where you can’t see the bottom. Inch by inch you step further away from the truth.
Eventually white lies become a habit and second nature. They are so easy to dish out that some days you can’t keep up with them all.
By lying you not only get caught up in a tangled web, you also break the trust of the people around you. After being told you are sick for the fifth time, or that you get caught in the same spot of traffic every Monday morning, people begin to catch on and will find you untrustworthy.
“The Lord detests lying lips, but delights in people who are trustworthy.” Proverbs 12:22
Even with the best of intentions we are commanded to not lie but be truthful. You may still have to face the consequences, but at least you are taking ownership of your words and actions.
Always embrace the truth, even if it is a bit uncomfortable. Don’t let the the inches of your little lies build up to where you’re climbing a ladder of deceit.