Honesty: Ryan Lochte


from USA Today

During the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, American swimmer Ryan Lochte won the gold in the 4 x 200 meter freestyle relay. This was his 12th Olympic medal. Following the games, the 12-time Olympic medalist got in trouble when he lied to police. His lies resulted in an international incident that embarrassed his fellow swimmers and country. He lost endorsements with several major companies. Lochte now regrets having lied to the police and his immature behavior.

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

May we learn from Lochte’s mistake and choose to tell the truth and keep our honor.


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.

Honesty: Abraham Lincoln

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

abeAbraham 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.