Living In The Era Of Deception…

Speaking of trust, ever since I wrote this book, ‘Liespotting,’ no one wants to meet me in person anymore – no, no, no, no, no. They say, ‘It’s okay. We’ll email you.’ I can’t even get a coffee date at Starbucks. My husband’s like, ‘Honey, deception? Maybe you could have focused on cooking. How about French cooking?’ Pamela Meyer

Meditation: High-stakes lying is out of control. And it’s costing us big bucks in one way or another. It’s not simply a matter of quantifying losses in dollars. It’s costing us emotionally and psychologically as well. One-year-olds learn concealment. Five-year-olds lie outright: they manipulate via flattery. Nine-year-olds – masters of the cover-up. By the time you enter college, you’re going to lie to your mom in one out of every five interactions. And if you’re an average married couple, you’re going to lie to your spouse in one out of every 10 interactions. Now, you may think that’s bad. If you’re unmarried, that number drops to three. White lies keep social dignity intact and are far more prevalent than most people realize. Several studies have found that an average person is lied to from 10 to 200 times a day – mostly just to keep a conversation going, to avoid conflict, or to establish a connection with someone. Trump is a master obfuscator. Like an octopus escaping a predator, he releases a cloud of ink when called to the carpet on one of his many lies. His strategy? Obfuscate, then reference others. ‘Millions agree,’ ‘everyone knows,’ ‘many have done it.’ However, study after study shows that people are much less likely to lie to a person they consider to be honest. (All quotes by Pamela Meyer)

Prayer: Spirit of the living God, our children are growing up in an era of deception. Lies are everywhere. They are part of society that our current government is using to deceive and corrupt the masses. You are the Spirit of Truth, Honesty and Integrity. You are the one who says: “Thou shalt not lie!” Help us to watch our own conduct. Where do we take the easy way out? Help us show character and admit the difficult truth. Where do we buy into the white lies that surround us? Let us speak honestly and frankly. Where are our marriage or family relationships poisoned with small or big lies? Let us sow truthfulness and integrity in our and our children’s lives, for a long and happy future depends on those. Amen

Be not deceived. God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Galatians 6: 7-8