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“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.” Luke 16:10 (NLT)


“I know, my God, that you examine our hearts and rejoice when you find integrity there. You know I have done all this with good motives, and I have watched your people offer their gifts willingly and joyously.” 1 Chron 29:17


Dear Neighbor,

Have you been enjoying this series on wrestling?

How has this series impacted you; where has this series changed how you look at or do things?


Here is another wrestling topic: Integrity.

Integrity in things refers to the state of being whole and undivided, even when being shaken by strong forces. In ethics, integrity is regarded as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one's actions. In other words integrity is demonstrating consistent actions based on uncompromising adherence to strong moral principles and values.


I define integrity as doing the right thing, even when (you think) no one is looking.


While a youth of 7 or 8, I visited my grandfather in his downtown office. He asked to speak with me alone for a few minutes before joining the rest of the family for lunch. He posed this question to me: You found a wallet on the street. You know who it belongs to and the wallet has $5 in it. Would you take the money before giving the wallet to the person nearby? I said no, Grandfather. (What would be your answer?) He then asked what if there was $10, would your answer be the same. I said yes, Grandfather. And on up to $100,000, when I said I would first take the money.

His reply: “Your answer is unusual, as most folks would take a smaller amount, which makes you a High-class thief, but a thief nonetheless. For me, my integrity is not for sale at any price. For my legacy I may not have much money to leave you, but I can leave you my name with honor.”


Those words have stayed with me through adulthood. I have resolved that my integrity is not worth the price of a $0.10 pencil at work and on up and have essentially stuck to it.


How about you? Can your taxes withstand an audit or have you declared your dog as a dependent? Have you cheated on your wife? Have you called into work saying you have been stuck in DC traffic when you really just slept in. Do your actions and comments model Christ to the rest of the world?


In a very recent example, the Secretary of State for Georgia, Brad Raffensperger, was under Intense pressure from the President of the United States to put party service above public service. Despite challenges to American democracy from both parties, Brad Raffensperger continued to do the right thing which he describes in his book, Integrity Counts. I recommend at least glancing through his book.


Daily Battle Order:

Not all of us may have a Grandfather like mine, but I offer his wisdom for all who are interested.

How are you living today? If a movie was shown of my actions and comments, I would welcome it, though I know I can do better in keeping my word for dates, so that folks can rely upon me even more than they do today.

If a movie were shown of your actions and comments, would you be proud or ashamed?

What can you do today to live better as a man of integrity?


 




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