Paper Towels, Bath Towels, and Keeping It Real

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
A couple of weeks ago, I stayed in a Best Western motel in Boston.

This was unusual, because I am a creature of habit and I hoard Marriott points. But there were reasons.

This was awaiting me in the bathroom:

So, the visual doesn't do it justice.

This thing was the consistency of a thick-ply Bounty paper towel, not a bath towel.

The message was this:
-We don't trust you not to steal our (mediocre at best) bath towels.
-Because we don't trust you, we are offering you a pathetic substitute, which might suffice as a surface on which to blow your nose. At best. Even though it's kind of grainy and rough.
-We think you're stupid.
-And we're condescending to you - we grant you permission (in the last sentence) to use this in any way you want.
(Gee, thanks).

Worst hotel premium ever. And there were fruit flies in my room.

Intent of post is not to bash Best Western (I had a very pleasant experience in a Chicago Best Western the following week).

But it is to say this.

Man, it is important to be sincere and transparent.

"For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God's word, but as people of sincerity, as commissioned by God we speak in the sight of Christ." - - 2 Cor 2:17

Lots in that verse. It means that when I as a pastor speak, I better believe what I am saying. But it's not just there. When I have conversations in my home, my business, with friends...I better mean what I am saying.

Try to pass off a paper towel as a bath towel long enough and no one will believe you. And that means you end up lonely!

Tell the truth, even if the truth is hard. I've had friends do that for me this week and it has made a difference - in an entirely positive way.

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