Honesty: Little Tanner

baseballSports Illustrated once shared the story of 7 year old named Tanner. During a T-ball game in Florida, Tanner attempted to tag a player leaving first base. When the umpire called the player out, Tanner immediately informed the umpire that he hadn’t managed to tag the runner. Two weeks later, Tanner encountered the same umpire in another T-ball game. This time, Tanner was playing short-stop and tagged a runner as he approached third base. When the umpire called the player safe, Tanner didn’t say a word, but the umpire noticed his surprise at the call. “Did you tag the runner?” she asked Tanner. When Tanner said yes he had, the umpire changed her decision and called the player out. When the coaches and other parents protested, the umpire stood by her decision, informing them that she had learned to trust Tanner, because of his honesty.

Truth stands the test of time; lies are soon exposed. ~Proverbs 12:19

May we too have the courage to be honest like Tanner.

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