We began discussing this Ninth Commandment with the modest example of ordering a cup of coffee. It may have seemed insignificant at the time, but it is in these little daily interactions that our name and our reputation can either gain or lose credibility. We may have lost some sense of the value of a good name – if it is not in a written contract, it usually is not worth anything today. But there are still places where our name has a certain value.
The online garage sale eBay still relies on the value of a name. Each time a seller or buyer engages in a transaction, the other party has an opportunity to rate them. If the person was positive to work with, paid their money on time, or shipped the item in a timely manner, a point is added to that person’s name. A neutral experience nets zero points. A bad experience, such as a delay in shipment or failing to pay results in a point taken away from the person’s name. Each transaction, whether selling a comic book or purchasing a plasma-screen TV, counts the same when it comes to assessing the value of a name. In general, the larger the number, the more trustworthy the person will be. Here is a hint: avoid negative people – literally!
What if we stepped out of the world of eBay and literally had a hologram number hovering above our head in real life? Every conversation and transaction either bumped that number up or pulled it down. Would it change the way you conducted your daily routine? Would it change the content of your conversations? To be people who embrace truth would mean that we would have no fear of that number hovering above our head. It would be visible for the entire world to see that we place a high value on honesty and speaking the truth in love. Truth is, that number is probably more visible to people than we realize.
Consider the ways in which you can fully embrace truth.