This year, my school has implemented a new virtue program. As part of this cornerstone virtue program, a virtue of the month is related back to our cornerstones of faith, scholarship, honor, and courage. Each Chapel, a student reads a virtue minute that allows the community to learn and recite a virtue verse together and hear a story that illustrates the importance of the virtue. I craft these simple little stories and would like to share them with you. Here is my first offering:
Truth stands the test of time; lies are soon exposed. Proverbs 12:19
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States. One of his nicknames was Honest Abe. Legend has it that when a young Abraham Lincoln was working as a clerk in a store, he realized he didn’t give a customer the proper change. Lincoln walked a great distance to make it right. His reputation for being honest carried over into his career as a lawyer and politician. While he was President, he said, “I hain’t been caught lying yet, and I don’t mean to be.” Today, we not only remember Lincoln for his honesty, but also honor him for never giving up on the United States in the midst of Civil War. May we too have honesty that brings honor.