Truth Above All Things

My name is Gracie, and I am six years old now. I love to drive my mom’s golf cart. One day when I was driving with my little sister and my cousin Jeremiah, I did not pay attention. The other two jumped off, fell, and got hurt. I knew that if they told my mom, I would get in big trouble. So I did a bad thing: I told them not to tell Mama. Later that day Mama Pearl asked me, “Why does Jeremiah have a bruise on his knee?”

I told Mama Pearl and my mama what had happened and that I had asked my sister and Jeremiah not to tell. Mama explained to me that not telling is the same as lying; it is called being deceitful and dishonest. She said that when I hide something from her, it is just as wrong as lying and sometimes even worse! The Bible says in Jeremiah 17:9–10 that “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”

So when my heart is deceitful, God is the one that I will be in trouble with. He can see into my heart, and he is a lot bigger than Mama! Read the rest of Gracie’s story in the article The Power of a Story!


Match up the words with the definition.

Lying A purple spot on the skin that hurts.
Truth Covering up a lie and pretending it is true.
Bruise The hidden part of a person that God watches.
Golf cart Telling what actually happened.
Deceitful A vehicle that drives like a car.
Heart The story you make up to avoid the truth.