October 26

Written by Bill Grandi on October 26th, 2021

There was a saying I heard and have also used more than once:

You made your bed now you have to lie in it.

That statement was usually tied to the consequences of a choice or choices I made on a decision that was ill-advised. It can also be used when talking about someone who tells a lie. I can’t tell you how many times my parents drummed into my head about telling the truth from the get-go. When you tell the truth you have nothing to hide. And you don’t have to figure out what you said the last time.

I once had a friend who went through years (over 10) of court appearance after court appearance because he wanted to see his kidnapped girls, and at best, get custody of them.  There were circumstances involved which I don’t need to relate. Let’s just say that his ex fled the state and refused to adhere to the laws (as did the justices from the other state). Three trials (two of which I testified at) and my friend’s testimony never changed. Her lawyer even tried to hold that against him. Meanwhile, her testimony changed constantly. It was mercurial in that it was in a state of constant flux.

Lies are like that. “What did I say last time” becomes a probing question. You don’t have to worry about that when telling the truth. Proverbs 26:27 says, “One who digs a pit will fall into it, And one who rolls a stone, it will come back on him.”

Tell the truth. While it may hurt, it doesn’t hurt nearly like a lie which comes back to haunt, even bury you.

“Father, there are multiple warnings in Your Word about telling the truth. Help me to be honest in all things.”


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ryan S says:

    Lies will eventually make there way out of the dark and into the light… Hard to hide/run from it.

  2. I grew up hearing the same thing, Bill. Always better to tell the truth and accept the consequences.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Yeah even though the consequences are tough. But better to do it than to get caught later.

  3. Ed says:

    I remember lying. I did it a lot! My Dad knew when I was lying.. so did my mom. One day he said that lying was basically covering up something or someone. He just told me there’s no need for it.
    He was right! Of course I went back to the vomit for a while after that. But slowly over time I just stopped. There was one point however, that I was caught, and it almost lead to an awful outcome. After that moment I realized it’s better to tell the truth, or even shut my mouth than to lie…

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Some lessons are learned the hard way for sure Ed. Sounds like you learned your through the school of hard knocks