This I Believe

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Confess your sins. Isn’t that simpler than getting caught in your lies? I
believe that when
you do something wrong or you make a mistake; you should own up to it and
tell the truth.
Otherwise, if you try to lie and cover up, you may get in trouble than you
would’ve been if you
just told the truth.



This belief was instilled in me when I was around 6 or 7 years old. I have
an older brothee, who was 11 or 12 at the time. He had been out in my neighborhood
with his friend and
they decided to cross the train tracks behind my neighborhood. Neither
my brother nor his friend,
was allowed to cross the train tracks, but they did it anyway. The friends'
mother,
called my mom to inform her of my brother’s whereabouts.



We sat down for dinner that night and my mom casually brought up the
subject, “So, what did u
do at your friend's house today?”



“Nothing really, we sat around and played video games.”



“That sounds like fun. Did you do anything else?”



“Nope”



“Oh, that’s interesting because his mom called me and said that you two
crossed the train
tracks today. Why would she lie to me?”



“I don’t know,” my brother said, starting to look guilty.



And that’s when it hit me. My mom had given my brother a chance to tell the
truth and he
foolishly declined. I knew that now, my brother was not only going to have to
explain why he lied
to my mom, but he was now going to get into more trouble now than he would’ve
if he had told the
truth from the start.



Many people try to cover up their mistakes with lies and they just dig
themselves into a
deeper hole of punishment. I believe that using excuses or lies to try to
erase your flaws will
get you nowhere except into trouble.





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