2 Corinthians 8:21 Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.
A few years ago during a Christmas Holiday season my wife Candy and I were hosting our in-laws at our home. As she was preparing our dinner she ran out of a few ingredients and asked if I would run to the store and pick up a few things she told me to get. My nephew Jeremiah was with me and after we made the trip to the store and were about to pull into our driveway I realized that though I heard my wife give out the list, I really hadn’t listened, and I forgot to get one of the items. I looked at my nephew and said, “What did she say to get.” He didn’t listen either and so there we were and both of our minds were spinning trying to come up with a good excuse. After a long pause he looked at me and said, “Uncle John, sometimes you just got to tell the truth and take it like a man.” That was really good advice from a 10 year old.
Honesty is the best policy always and 2 Corinthians 8:21 says, “Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.” Honesty can often be seen in giving reasons vs. making excuses. After Pastoring for over 30 years I have found there’s a big difference between reasons and excuses that people give you:
1. Reasons are legitimate explanations; the truth; accept responsibility; and usually come to you when an honest person is explaining what happened.
2. Excuses are often a facade to cover our faults; are often lies or exaggerations; never accept personal responsibility; are partially true; and are something you have to go find out and hunt down when you want to know what happened.