My wife and I are constantly amused by the Progressive Insurance commercial where two agents from another company claim to have the same benefits as Progressive. As they are speaking their pants spontaneously burst into flame. At the end of the commercial, one of them says, “No más pantalones.” Although the commercial has a humorous intent, it always brings to mind the sobering idea of being honest in all of our dealings… and the consequences of dishonesty.
The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth. ~ Proverbs 12:22
“Detest” is a strong word. I don’t know about you… but I never want to be caught up in doing something the Lord detests. I desire to display the true qualities of a believer in Christ. Two of the hallmarks of trustworthiness are honesty and integrity.
The core of trustworthiness is honesty. I want to be honest in my communication. My intention is to be truthful by presenting facts to the best of my knowledge. I may be wrong… but I will never be dishonest.
I choose to display integrity in my life communication and choices. “Integrity” is an interesting word. The root of the word comes from the Latin root, “integer,” meaning a whole number. In other words, I am to be consistent… not having a divided heart… my principles not wavering or varying whether I’m in public or at home. This requires me to be in touch with my core values as a believer and as a human being.
I never want to be in the position where I have to say, “No más pantalones.”