In high school, I got in a car wreck literally a few days after given a brand new Honda Civic. I was so scared to tell my parents and had no idea how to fix the problem … so I initially lied.

I told my Dad that I parked my car at my boyfriend’s house and was dropped off because I was tired. Looking back, he clearly knew that I wasn’t telling the truth. What was I even thinking?

This made him absolutely furious. It was clear to me at that moment that my Dad valued honesty and integrity worlds above any worth of the car. You would think a high school senior and a Pastor’s daughter nonetheless would have known better, but I really didn’t until then. Lying was not only wrong, but it would have prevented me from getting the help that I needed to make things right.

Lies keep us hiding in shame and guilt, and our lives are too precious to waste in such unnecessary fear and pain. Through this ordeal, I learned a valuable lesson in honestly asking for forgiveness and help.

Lesson learned. Ultimately, we all honestly need Jesus for true redemption and restoration. ❤️

Proverbs 28:13

Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.