An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.
One of my personal struggles with honesty has been how to respond to people who ask me to read their book manuscripts. Years ago, I would accept a manuscript, and it would lie on my desk for months. When I did read it, if it had a wholesome message, I would give encouraging feedback. Since I'm not an editor, I didn't comment on the quality of the writing. The writer would then attempt, without success, to get the manuscript published.
Over time, I realized I was setting people up for disappointment. Now when I am asked to read a manuscript, I say, "I am not good in assessing the value of a manuscript, nor does my schedule allow the time. I'd suggest that you ask an English teacher to read it for grammar and sentence structure and to make suggestions. Then submit it to a literary agency and see if they think it's worthy of publication." I offer useful advice while being honest about the limitations of my time and abilities.
When we are aware of who God made us to be, we won't try to be someone we're not. A part of being honest is acknowledging our limitations so we can give our attention to the tasks God calls us to.
Father, I pray for wisdom in knowing how to be honest about my limitations as well as my strengths.
Dr. Gary Chapman is the beloved best-selling author of The Five Love Languages and Love as a Way of Life. For more information, click here.