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      Truth: Ice Breaker – Lies

      Each week on The Stretched Blog, we ask an ice breaker question.  The questions are designed to help us get to know each other here in The Stretched Community.  I’ll provide my answer to the question here in the post, and then you can leave your response in the comments.  While you’re in the comments section, see how others answered the ice breaker question.

      This week, we’ve been talking about truth.  The opposite of truth is falsehood.  When we lie, we misrepresent the truth.  The ninth commandment is “Thou shall not lie.”  But if we’re all honest, we’ve all lied somewhere along the way.  So this week’s ice breaker is a chance to confess – to come clean.

      Question:  Tell us about a time when you told a lie.

      My Answer:  As a kid, I used to play in the woods and in the local corn fields with my friends.  After school, we would literally play for hours – building forts, making paths, and battling it out with sticks, dirt bombs, and toy guns.  When it came to the corn fields, all the kids knew it was dangerous territory.  There were stories amongst my gang of friends that the farmer would should kids with rock salt if he caught them in his field.

      One day when we were playing, I found myself in the corn field face to face with the farmer.  (Actually, we were probably 30 feet apart.)  I remember him yelling at me, “Hey kid, what’s your name?”  Instead of saying “Jon Stolpe,”  I called back to the farmer with a name of a different kid from the neighborhood.  I honestly don’t remember how the confrontation ended, but I seem to remember turning around and running as fast as I could with my heart beating a million miles a minute.

      There you have it – my answer.  Now, it’s your turn.  Answer this week’s ice breaker question by leaving a comment.  I look forward to reading your response!  (Feel free to share links.)