Integrity is not what we do so much as who we are. And who we are, in turn, determines what we do. Our system of values is so much a part of us we cannot separate it from ourselves. It becomes the navigating system that guides us. It establishes priorities in our lives and judges what we will accept or reject.
We are all faced with conflicting desires. No one, no matter how “spiritual,” can avoid this battle. Integrity is the factor that determines which desire will prevail. We struggle daily with situations that demand decisions between what we want to do and what we ought to do. Integrity establishes the ground rules for resolving these tensions. It determines who we are and how we will respond before the conflict even appears. Integrity welds what we say, think, and do into a whole person so that permission is never granted for one of those to be out of sync.
Integrity binds our person together and fosters a spirit of contentment within us. It will not allow our lips to violate our hearts. When integrity is the referee, we will be consistent; our beliefs will be mirrored by our conduct. There will be no discrepancy between what we appear to be and what our family knows we are, whether in times of prosperity or adversity.
Integrity is not only the referee between conflicting desires. It is the pivotal point between a happy person and a divided spirit. It frees us to be whole persons no matter what comes our way.
ALLOW YOUR INTEGRITY TO BE THE REFEREE IN YOUR PERSONAL DECISION-MAKING PROCESS.
Life is too ironic. It takes sadness to know what happiness is, noise to appreciate silence, and absence to value presence.
Remember that life is full of ups and downs. Without the downs, the ups would mean nothing.
Learn from the past. Prepare for the future. Live for today.
Make your smile change the world, don’t let the world change your smile.
When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, remember that God has given you a thousand reasons to smile.
Before you talk, listen. Before you react, think. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try.
The only people you should try to get even with are those that have helped you.
The past should be the past. It can destroy the future. Live life for what tomorrow has to offer, not for what yesterday has taken away.
“I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person
So Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.
To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.
Truthfulness is the main element of character.
The integrity of men is to be measured by their conduct, not by their professions.
Daily Storytelling Time
Catching a Car
A man’s dog used to sit on the side of the road waiting for cars to come around. As soon as one came, he would run down the road, barking and trying to overtake it.
One day a neighbor passing by saw the scene, smiled and asked the dog’s owner, “Do you think your dog is ever going to catch a car?”
The man replied, “That is not important. The most important question is if he ever caught one, what he would do with it.”
Just like that dog, many of us pursue meaningless goals.