Passages: Darien’s Rise, Part 8 Devotional: Can’t Trust Anybody
November 5th, 2009
After you’ve heard “Passages: Darien’s Rise, Part 8,” check out this devotional thought. (If you haven’t heard Part 8, check out the Media Player starting November 7. You can also find a station in your area.)
By Jonathan Friday
“It’s like you can’t trust anybody around here.” -Kyle
Have you ever been lied to by a friend? I have – and it hurt so bad. So why do people lie? I think that when we tell a lie, it’s usually because we’re not thinking of other people. That can be true for a “big” lie (“No, mom – I don’t have any idea how the window was broken, but I’m sure it has nothing to do with the baseball bat in my hand!”) or a lie that feels smaller (“Yes, that lime green T-shirt definitely matches your purple shorts!”).
Lies can seem like an easy way out of a bad situation. A lie about broken window would mean that we don’t have to pay for it. A lie about somebody’s clothes doesn’t risk offending them…at least in the short term. But the Bible says, “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:4)
When we lie, we forget how much we’re hurting another person. Maybe your mom will go looking for someone else who broke the window. Maybe your friend will be made fun of because you didn’t gently suggest a different shirt.
In Marus, there are a lot of untrustworthy people… the Baron Orkzy, the Rat, General Liddell, even King Lawrence! They’re most concerned about themselves, and making sure they have money and power – and in the process, they’re willing to hurt others. No wonder they don’t have many real friends.
But Marus also has its share of trustworthy people in General Darien, Colonel Bryson, and Prince George. What qualities do they have that the others don’t? Who would you want as your friend?
Are you the kind of friend who cares enough about others to be honest, even when it’s hard? Sound off in the comments below!
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