“Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out. ” Proverbs 10:9
INTEGRITY noun: adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty. It does not mean when your lie doesn’t work, you try a new one.
Have you come across folks claiming a word for the New Year? I first came across that idea a few years ago, when another author wrote what her word for the year was. Personally I haven’t claimed a word, but this one was on my heart yesterday. And considering the times we live in, it seems like an excellent word to reintroduce to our society.
I read an article that stated in a survey of 300 students from both public and private colleges, including online universities, 86 percent claimed they cheated in school. *
We have media outlets that spew untruths and even when exposed; they show no remorse. We have public figures from all walks of life vying to get to the top of whatever pile they fancy and will do whatever it takes to get there. We live in a time where if we claim something false is true long and loud enough; we believe we can convince others it is as well. But truth and lies are oil and water. They may be shaken together, but they will separate.
When the legislation starts sessions, it’s been customary to open with a prayer from the Senate Chaplain. April 18, 1947 Chaplain Peter Marshall prayed;”Our Father, we yearn for a better understanding of spiritual things, that we may know surely what Thy will is for us and for our nation. Give to us clear vision that we may know where to stand and what to stand for — because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything.” **
I desire to live a life that brings God glory. Are there challenges along the way? Yes. Are there opportunities to take short-cuts? Yes. Is living a life that points others to Christ worth it? Yes.
Integrity. Let’s live it out. Are you with me?