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November 26, 2021: Finding the Courage

“An honest answer is as pleasing as a kiss on the lips” (Prov. 24:26, NCV).

I can imagine it is an exceptionally busy day for King Solomon. He calls his advisors together to ask for feedback on proposed strategic plans and initiatives which he hopes will enrich the quality of life for the people entrusted to his care. I imagine him turning to his counselors and asking for their opinion, only to see them glancing at each other in a hesitant and uncertain manner, wondering what answer he, the king, would

find to be most aligned with his preferred option—not one that would ultimately expand his thinking and advance their society. Frustrated by their attempts to placate him, I then imagine King Solomon standing up, towering above the others and banging his hand on the table before demanding, “Just give me an honest answer!”

Perhaps later, in his quiet time, he journaled the proverb, “An honest answer is as pleasing as a kiss on the lips.” Here I find insights that are extremely relevant for me today. May I have the courage to speak truth to power, specifically as it pertains to sensitive issues where the answer may not be the popular vote. And may I speak truth that will be refreshing, through which the wisest context for decision-making is created, such that organizations experience positive transformation and our global society is enriched.

Dear Lord, thank You for the courage to speak truth in delicate situations so that joy in our world will ever increase and goodwill toward all people will ever expand. Amen.

Cheryl Kisunzu is the provost of Washington Adventist University in Maryland.

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