I’m a note-taker. From as far back as I can remember I’ve been scribbling words into my notebooks at church. The thing is that most of these notes don’t make all that much sense to me now. They’re little more than a bunch of disconnected sentences that made sense at the time they were written. But every once in a while I look back and find a gem that speaks to me as much as it did that Sunday morning in church.
Today I found a little note below one of the sermons that read, “Our integrity is only as good as our last experience.”
Oh, how true that is. We might believe all the right things and say all the right things, but the real question is, will we do the right thing? Even when no one is watching?
Integrity is found in those quiet times when no one but God sees the work of your hands. It’s returning a wallet (full of money) that you found on a deserted country road. It’s going back into the store when you’ve been given too much change. It’s giving to a charity in secret. It’s stepping up and admitting your fault when others are taking the blame.
Integrity is the decision we make to do the right thing even, and especially when no one is watching. It’s the difference between generous hands that everyone sees and a generous heart that’s hidden with God.
I count my own character, popularity, and usefulness to be as the small dust of the balance compared with fidelity to the Lord Jesus. – Charles Spurgeon
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Tilling the Soil
Look up 5 verses on the topic of integrity. Either highlight them in your Bible or make a list to meditate on.
The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them. – Proverbs 11:3, KJV