Friday, January 23, 2009


In his youth, Abraham Lincoln had worked as a postmaster. One day a man gave him seventeen dollars with a request to keep the money in safe custody. He returned to Lincoln after several years. At that time, Abraham Lincoln was the President of the United States of America. Lincoln recognized the man and immediately returned to him the same dollar notes, which he had honestly preserved for several years.

“Honesty is the best policy.” It is an old but golden advice. It is relevant and valid even today. We may find several people around us who are selfish. They care little for honesty and truth. But the lives of great men always remind us that an honest man is the noblest work of God.

Let us learn to listen to the whisper of our conscience. We must be honest and truthful in every action.

“If you are good, you are guided by honesty. People who can’t be trusted are destroyed by their own dishonesty” {Proverbs 11: 3}.

Jesus said to those who believed in him, “If you obey my teaching, you are really my disciples, you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” {John 8: 31, 32}.


By Dr. Babu Philip, Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India.

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