I have found that an honest word that is spoken at the right place and exactly the right time can be like a child arriving home to their mother’s kitchen with a warm fire glowing and being cuddled in her arms knowing that everything is going to be alright. The reason for this is, honesty wings deep in your spirit and resonates with truths that you have found to be ageless and trustworthy.
The great pop lyricist Billy Joel wrote about this subject in his song “Honesty,” reflecting that it is such a lonely word. But his song was about melancholy sadness, and referred to something precious that was lost. I have found myself humming a different tune that resounds in the major keys of inner rejoicing that swells to victory and personal gain. This is the gift that God’s word and honesty brings to you personally.
Most of you who are well versed in the Scriptures understand the importance of honesty when it comes to the will of God ~ for there is His good will, His acceptable will and His perfect will. Something might be God’s acceptable will, but can become a lifetime of difficulty and trouble ~ the exact opposite from His perfect will. God’s perfect will requires a level of honesty that is as pure as a baby’s mouth against its nurturing mother. The trouble is, if you are a person who has experienced any level of authority and power, it is easy for you to choose a lower level of God’s will by blocking out His voice with cleverly devised made-up confirmations that assure you that the lesser choice was really His perfect will.
Let me take a moment right here and share with you a personal experience. In my years of pastoring and praying for people it has been quite necessary for me to give people honest truth from the Lord. But I am shocked many times when I give them exactly what the Lord is saying and it doesn’t match exactly what they’re wanting. Suddenly they reject me personally and treat me as if I’m an enemy of them and God. But now I realize this is the price that a person who is honest must be willing to pay. It has also caused me to value honest words coming out of someone’s mouth even more.
Ralph Wilkerson is a person that I have found to speak such rich words to me, likewise Timothy Snodgrass and Gershom Sikaala. But even more importantly I have found this quality in my wife Sandy and my children, especially my son Sunny St. Yves Gazowsky. Recently my son spoke to me an honest word of correction over my life. At first the word stung a bit. But then, as I let my walls of resistance melt into the realization of the truth of those words, my eyes were opened and I felt the warm fires of home burning throughout my heart. I knew that this truth would become a bond between my son and I for the rest of our lives.
Honesty is so strong that it becomes the granite foundation upon which empires are built. Without it, words just become a flash in the wind on foundations of sand. To my shock and amazement, honesty is the foundational stone of big money. As an inventor, I have been in many meetings with innovation financers and angel investors. As I watched the entrepreneurs field questions raised by future financers, I was shocked at how honesty was more important to them than the actual innovation. This insight became even more relevant when I dealt with executives in the movie industry. Honesty was what they were looking for first.
I know we all hear tales of backstabbing and cheating in Hollywood. But the stories only make the headlines because of their extreme rarity. In actual reality, most Hollywood executives go home to honest families just like you and I. They don’t even allow their children to watch the shows that they produce! I know for a fact that the true money people and decision-makers of Hollywood are looking for clean fun family entertainment that will fill their box offices. There has never been a greater day and a key moment for you to use “honesty”.