Genuine honesty is an admirable human characteristic. We tend to ask advice from those we trust.
Do you have someone who will be truthful with you even if it hurts? If you do, you have a true friend or family member—what a jewel.
How does one become such an individual?
Usually, someone in your past was an actual example. Faithful to the truth. An individual who is willing to invest their life in you. One who was willing to share their time and life with you. They were investing in you. Their life spoke volumes to you. Their words may be few, but their manner of living demonstrated sincerity.
So, how does one develop a genuineness apart from the human factor? For me, it’s the Bible, God’s Word. Many years ago, my Sunday school teacher showed me by example his love to teach God’s word to nine-year-old boys. He was genuine and honest in his calling.
The ninth commandment says we should not tell lies. In other words, speak the truth, be genuine to the core. Looking genuine is different from being genuine. Genuineness comes from the heart. Your inner being the core of your soul. The appearance of genuineness is a façade. It looks good for a while but sooner or later the façade cracks and then crumbles.
One thing I discovered in my preteen years is liars cannot remember their lies. I found that discovery is still true today. What I also realized I never forget the truth. Truth has permanence.
Genuineness has a life—it lives on. If you want to leave a good lasting memory—be genuine on good days and sad days. It will speak loudly in the ears of those who heard your words. It will also bring back visions of your integrity to those who watched you, whether it was near or far.