When I play sports (like bowling), I tend to exaggerate my abilities. I tell people I am pretty good. I exaggerate my scores in the past. I trash talk with other amateur bowlers who overestimate their abilities too. It is a goofy ritual.
The problem with such tall tales is the reality of the matter. I cannot bowl (or play most other sports) as well as I remember. Inevitably, people watch me bowl and notice I am not as good as my talk. I end up embarrassing myself.
God calls us away from such embarrassment. God tells us, “Thou Shalt Not Lie.” In doing so, God graces us with the truth.
God doesn’t tell us to avoid lies because God intends to rob us of fun. God tells us to not lie in order to save us from the drama that surrounds lies. We don’t have to keep up facades, cover our tracks or face the embarrassment of being found out. The truth is a grace of God.
As you go through the coming week, embrace the truth. Speak the truth and find freedom in it. As you do, will find comfort and joy in who God made you to be. You also enjoy things like bowling (poorly) that much more.