What is more important to you—winning or being honest? The grandeur of winning lasts for just a little while, but integrity lasts a lifetime.
Proverbs 12:22 tells us, “Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.”
Sports Illustrated ran a story years ago about a Little League game in Florida. Seven-year-old Tanner fielded a ground ball and attempted to tag a runner sliding into second. The lady umpire called the runner out.
Tanner immediately spoke up and said, “Ma’am, I didn’t tag the runner.” She reversed her decision and called the runner safe. Tanner was given the game ball for his honesty. Later in the season, the same umpire worked in another of Tanner’s games.
A similar play happened, but this time she ruled that he had missed the tag. Tanner just looked at her solemnly. Then he tossed the ball back to his catcher and trotted back to his position. The umpire sensed that something was wrong.
She signaled for a timeout and went over to talk to young Tanner. “Did you tag the runner?” Tanner looked her and simply said, “Yes.” The umpire shocked everyone involved by reversing her call and calling the runner out.
“If a kid is that honest I have to give it to him.” 3 John 1:4 says, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” Tanner’s parents should be proud of the young man they have raised. Sports in general would be better with this kind of honesty and integrity.
Proverbs 12:19 says, “The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.” Let us resolve to be people who tell the truth and set an example for others to follow.
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