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Recently I watched an interview between Eugene Peterson and Bono on YouTube where they were discussing the subject of honesty among other things. This has been a topic that God has been placing on my heart lately as well. As I’m living this journey with Jesus, maturing in my faith, one of the things I’m realizing is the significance of authenticity. At the center of authenticity is honesty—this is a significant aspect of a Christian’s way of life. Going to the Proverbs, I found a lot of truth. Here are a few verses on the subject:
“God won’t starve an honest soul, but He frustrates the appetites of the wicked.” (verse 3)
“Honesty lives confident and carefree.” (verse 9)
“The mouth of a good person is a deep, life-giving well.” (verse 11)
“The more talk, the less truth; the wise measure their words.” (verse 19)
“The talk of a good person is rich fare for many, but chatterboxes die of an empty heart.” (verse 21)
As I read these verses, I thought about my own life. The desire of my heart is to live an honest life and to be an honest man, and yet I know there have been times that I haven’t been completely honest with people. I read where Brennan Manning said the definition of humility is honesty! Oh how I desire to be an honest man! It’s in the honesty that you realize the power of God’s Grace. There was a time when I would be beat myself up for the sin of any dishonesty with others in my past. But now that I know and fully realize God’s grace, it gives me a deeper and greater desire to live the way God calls me to live—as an honest man.
I want to live confident and carefree, and for this, honesty is the key. I want my life to become a deep, life-giving well to others, and in order for that to happen my mouth must speak with truth and in love. Sometimes the truth can be received hurtfully; you have to be careful to choose your words when being honest, always making sure that they are tempered with love.
I want to speak less—with more truth—in my own life. As we see in Proverbs, “The wise measure their words.” I have a tendency to be a rambler; when I was a young man, I didn’t feel smart—I felt stupid. What I found myself doing was trying to sound smart although I didn’t believe I was. Athletes often endure the misperception that we’re just dumb jocks; some of those false identities really go deep and affect your life without you being aware of it. There came a day when I realized that I didn’t have to try to prove myself but I could simply be honest in my speech and conduct. I could be who God created me to be.
The more I embrace who I am in Christ, the more comfortable and honest I become with my identity in Him. I simply need to trust God going forward. Through honesty and vulnerability we establish trust with others and the kind of true relationships and friendships that God intends us to have as a community of believers.
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