Thursday, February 21, 2013

Integrity

A week ago today, Valentine's Day in fact, I received THE phone call that no wife wants to get. 
 
Keith had been in a car accident. 
 


I was instantaneously gripped with fear until I learned that he was OK.  Long story short, another man ran a red light and slammed into the passenger side of his car.  The car has over $6,000 worth of damage.  The car and the money do NOT matter, I was just so thankful that Keith was alive and well.
 
There is so much that can be taken and learned from an experience like this but both Keith and I found ourselves shaken most by the lack of integrity of the man who ran the red light.  He denied any wrongdoing and lashed out verbally toward Keith while filling out the police report.  There was a witness to the accident who conformed Keith's story, nonetheless, the man stood by his lie. 
 
We do not know his life circumstances.  We do not know what would motivate him to lie.  Perhaps he truly thought he had a green light.  At this point it does not really matter.  We have chosen to give him grace.  And frankly, we are just thankful that both he, and Keith were ok.
 
I've thought a lot about this over the past week, continuing to come back to this issue of integrity. 
 
In our world today it can be difficult to find people who maintain integrity in all facets of life. 
 
We've all probably been treated unjustly by someone who hides behind lies.  And maybe many of us have been the one hiding behind our own lies.  So many people dodge consequences due to them and hurt others with shady finagling. 
 
Bottom Line:  In a world where it seems that very few people maintain integrity, we need to do our very best to raise our children to be men and women dedicated to integrity.  
 
Proverbs 12:22
"The Lord detests lying lips, be he delights in men who are truthful."
 
Hebrews 13:18 
"Pray for us, for we are sure we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things."
 
2 Corinthians 8:21
"For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of men."
 
And my favorite: 
Proverbs 20:11
"Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right."
 
Join me in prayer today:
 
Lord, give me the strength and wisdom necessary to teach my children about what it means to have integrity.  May they understand that you delight in those who are truthful.  I pray that they would maintain a clear conscience throughout life's ups and downs.  I pray they would act honorably in all things.  May they be known, even as a child, as one whose conduct is pure and right.
 
Proverbs 12:22; 20:11; Hebrews 13:18; 2 Corinthians 8:21

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