GRATEFUL GIRL'S THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
The other day my brother (pictured between my husband and son, above) brought up the old television show "Truth or Consequences." I had actually forgotten about it and frankly had to do an Internet search to jog my memory on the particulars of it.
Apparently, it started back in the 1960s as a radio show then morphed to television in the medium's early days. It was a game show in which folks had a few seconds to answer a trivia question (which sometimes included filing in a joke's punch line) or perform some embarrassing little public stunt such as being dunked in a water tank, etc. Cute concept; long-running comedic series - but sorta a real message in there, too. Because, inevitably, you either tell the truth or pay the consequences, right?
It seems so simple, telling the truth. And I think for a majority of us, it absolutely is. I mean, telling the truth, if nothing else, is certainly much easier than having to recall a winding trail of lies that could end up wrapping around you like the tentacles of a 1,000-armed octopus...a strong one, yo.
The thing about being truthful is: you really only get one shot at it; at least, at a time. Because, for me, anyway, once I know someone's lied to me, it's nearly impossible for me to trust them entirely...ever...for like, forever. Period. Even if i truly want to move on from a mistruth someone's told me...there's that nagging little voice in the back of my head whispering; "Yeah, but remember what he did to you that one time???" Sigh.
So, as for me, I keep it simple; guess I'm just that kind of gal. No messy web, no lies, no perjuring myself on the stand, OK?
Ew and no being dropped into some cold, murky dunk tank, blech!
Dn 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56 R. (52b) Glory and praise for ever! "Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever; And blessed is your holy and glorious name, praiseworthy and exalted above all for all ages." "Blessed are you in the temple of your holy glory, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever. "Blessed are you on the throne of your kingdom, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever." "Blessed are you who look into the depths from your throne upon the cherubim; praiseworthy and exalted above all forever." "Blessed are you in the firmament of heaven, praiseworthy and glorious forever." Verse Before the Gospel See Lk 8:15 Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart and yield a harvest through perseverance. Gospel Jn 8:31-42 Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, "If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."