A Short Story on Honesty and Integrity

In a society where people celebrate men and women who have “made it” through dishonest means, giving them merit awards, chieftancy titles, social media recognition and are even role models to other misguided people, those with integrity to do things the right way are fast becoming an endangered specie.

Kindly share this story with me and always let honesty, integrity and conscience be your guide.

An aging King realized that if he died he has no one to take over the throne. He decided to adopt a son. He launched a competition and 10 boys made it to the top. The King said to them, “I have one last test and
whoever comes top will become my adopted son and heir to my throne”.

Photo courtesy - modernafricanguy.com

Photo courtesy – modernafricanguy.com

He gave each boy a seed of corn and told them to take the seed home, plant and nurture it for 3 weeks. The 10 boys took their seeds and ran home to plant their seeds. In one home, the boy and his parents were sad when the seed failed to sprout. The boy had done everything but he failed. His friends advised him to buy a seed and plant it but his God fearing parents who had always taught him honesty refused. The day came and the 10 boys went to the palace. All the 9 boys were successful.

The King went to each boy asking – “Is that what came out of the seed I gave you?” And each boy said “Yes, your majesty”. The King would nod and move down the line until the last boy in the line who was shaking with fear. The King asked him – “What did you do with the seed I gave you?” The boy said “I planted it and cared for it your majesty but it failed to sprout.” The King went to the throne with the boy and said, “I gave these boys boiled seeds and a boiled seed cannot sprout. If a King must have one quality, it must be honesty and only this boy passed the test.”

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Photo courtesy – soschildrensvillages.org.uk


We live in a society where people will do anything for success. God sometimes does not give us things because He wants to teach us a lesson. How many people out there have achieved success the wrong way? How many people send their children to expensive schools and build houses, buy expensive cars with stolen money? How many people are occupying top positions yet they stole the certificates? How many people are successful out there at all costs?  Please be faithful to God and maintain integrity no matter what life throws at you, even if life gives you boiled seed.

2 comments for “A Short Story on Honesty and Integrity

  1. March 7, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Honesty and integrity are ingredients on which a successful life is built. This is what I believe in. This is what I teach to my children. This is what makes a nation and its people great.

    • Eye_bee_kay
      March 18, 2015 at 1:17 pm

      It is tough thing being an exemplary parent nowadays.

      Apart from your importation of core values, children also learn from what society throws at them on daily bases.

      You teach your children the supposed virtues of honesty and integrity, but the child is inundated daily about how those who cut corners (seem to) get to the promised Land faster.

      It happens in small things, in big issues of life. Dishonesty seems to pay more, faster.

      I guess one of the reasons religion is so necessary for humans from a very early age is to serve as a cushion for the apparent contradictions of what is right and what society rewards..

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