Character 3: Looking Foolish

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Recently I did something that made me look foolish in the eyes of some. Intellectually, I have no regrets. It was the right thing to do. Yet, I feel lingering embarrassment. Why is that? And why am I reluctant to tell you what I did? A colleague of mine, Doug, regularly places himself in risky ministry situations. Emotionally risky, that …

Character 2: My Word

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I married a person who’s very precise about keeping her word.She comes from a family that keeps its word. When they say they’ll do something, the “something” will get done. “You can use my car that week” means: you actually can.“I’ll call you on Thursday” means: expect a call that day. Really.I realize some people make promises to save the moment …

Character 1: Honesty

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I heard my friend Val tell this arresting story at a seminar this summer: Years ago, as a high school senior she’d been crossing a few ethical and life-style lines. One was this: Her parents kept cash in an envelop in the house, and she’d gotten into the habit of dipping in and helping herself — without her parents’ knowledge …