Fun fact: In 1989, there was a computer error in Paris, and 41,000 people got letters charging them with murder, when the people should have gotten a letter charging them with parking tickets or running red lights…. Yikes. Can you imagine getting a letter like that?
It feels awful to get in trouble for something you didn’t do. Do your parents ever accuse you of something, but you didn’t do it? Kinda sucks huh? But you know what helps that to not happen too often? Being trustworthy. Having a reputation for doing the right thing more than doing the wrong thing. In the Bible, it says that a solid reputation is valuable and something to guard. Don’t let silly things ruin it–don’t pretend to do something your parents asked you to, don’t lie, if they say you can have a piece of candy don’t sneak two. Little things. They add up to being trustworthy or not. Do you want to have a good reputation, or not?
It is better to be respected than to be rich. A good name is worth more than silver or gold.
Proverbs 22:1 (ERV)
Dear Jesus, Forgive me–I lie to my parents sometimes, I’m not always honest at school, help me to do better. I want to be respected and thought of as a person of Christian character. Amen.