Speak the Truth

By: Frank Lanza

Jeremiah 15:19

This is what the Lord says: ”If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me; if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman...”

 

Tension filled the room. Thousands of taxpayer accounts were shorted by an erroneous computer formula. The amount at stake? A few dollars per account, but millions of dollars in the aggregate. No taxpayer would ever discover the error. Thus, it was no surprise that the recommended solution was simply to do nothing. That approach made me very uncomfortable. What to do? Remain silent and go along with the crowd? Or speak up and risk being ostracized and perhaps jeopardize a future promotion? 

“We have to look at another option.” I barely recognized my own voice as I croaked out that message. The scowls and sneers I received were unnerving, but I continued to argue that we had to do the right thing, even if it required additional computer programming and other expenses to refund amounts due.

I now believe that croaking the truth at that meeting was inspired by the Holy Spirit, who provided me with just the right words to use to persuade my fellow managers to do the right thing. The result? After further debate, the accounts were corrected, the funds dispersed and provisions were put into place to preclude a similar problem in the future.

I know I turned to the Lord for guidance and direction the evening before that meeting. The solutions to the business problem deserved to be shaped by the Lord if at all possible. To be his spokesman, all I needed to do was listen to him and then, when the time came, to “utter worthy, not worthless” words.

 

TAKE THE CHALLENGE: What does it mean to speak the truth in your place of business? Within your family? Do you tend to “go with the crowd” even in situations that make you uncomfortable?