|Apply the five-second rule. When I was a kid we had what was called the five-second rule, and it applied to food that was dropped on the ground. If we accidentally let a piece of candy or fruit slip out of our hands and onto the floor, we quickly picked it up and exclaimed the five-second rule. This meant that if we acted fast enough to retrieve the food before five seconds was up, it was still good to eat.
Likewise, I encourage you to develop an adult version of the five-second rule as it pertains to telling the truth. Whenever you catch yourself about to tell a lie, allow five seconds to turn it around and make it right. For instance, if a friend asks you if you’re available to get together on Friday night, instead of making up a story about how you have a party to go to, respond politely by saying, “I would love to hang out with you, but it’s been a very busy week and I need some time with my family that night.” As uncomfortable as it might be, I guarantee you they will understand.
My friend, don’t feel obligated to tell a lie to appease the feelings of another because it only harms you. You were created to walk in truth and your soul cannot withstand the strain of living in the darkness of falsehood. Instead of scrambling to make up stories, resolve to speak openly about your feelings, thoughts, and desires because your voice matters and should be heard. Like Jesus did, let your words be few but weighty; apply the five-second rule and tell the truth, even when it hurts.