Every November, I use the space here on Everyday Truth to provide you with a family devotional to get your family focused on their blessings. Join me here every day for a new installment of the devotional. It’s a great way to get your family focused on Thanksgiving before the mad rush to Christmas. You can find the the days you’ve missed here and any printables here, then follow along with me all month to learn about being thankful for the people in your family’s life. Pin it, share it, tweet it, invite your friends to join you. It’s going to be a great month.
Your parents have probably told you over and over again how important it is to tell the truth. When we consistently tell the truth, we become known as trustworthy. People will seek out our opinions because they know we will be honest with them. They know that they don't have to worry about trying to figure out whether what we say is true or not.
Sometimes, it's not easy to tell the truth. We might get in trouble. We might hurt someone's feelings. We might cause something to happen that we don't like. But telling the truth is important -- even when we don't like it.
Having people in our lives who will tell us the truth is something for which we can be thankful. Those trustworthy people who tell us the truth even when the truth doesn't make us feel good make us better people. They help us to grow. They give us a push when we need it and wrap their arms around us in encouragement when we need that.
Finding friends who will tell you the truth isn't as easy you might think. We all want to be liked, and sometimes telling a friend the truth can be hard -- because the truth isn't always what others want to hear. Think about it like this: Say you think you're ready for your math test tomorrow. You studied with your friend, and your friend knows you should study more because you keep missing certain problems. You had planned to go to the movies after you finished studying. A good friend, one who speaks the truth, would tell you that you need to study more -- even if it means you have to miss the movie. That information probably won't make you happy, but it will help you pass your math test.
Be thankful for the people in your life who tell you the truth -- even when the truth isn't pleasant. Those people love you. They care about you. They want to see you grow and succeed. While it might be nice to have friends who always agree with you, that's not always what you need. Sometimes you need someone who will push you to be better, someone who will encourage you to seek the path that God wants you to follow.
We should be thankful for the people in our lives who fulfill the words of Ephesians 4:14: "Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church." Friends who are willing to speak truth -- kindly and gently -- are people who make our lives better. They are people who deserve our thanks.
Action step: Take a minute to think about a person in your life who speaks the truth in love to you. Thank God for them today, then pick up the phone, send them a text or write them a note telling them how much you appreciate the fact that they aren't afraid to tell you the truth when you need to hear it.