It is important that we always keep integrity at the center of our lives.
No matter the issue whether it be personal or professional, we should
always be honest in our motives and pure hearted in our dealings. Life is
too short to ruin our reputation for short term gain, but many times people
don't see the big picture and quickly compromise their character and
integrity for monetary gain or for pompous egotism. They want to be seen
as important or highly regarded and portray themselves in a false light
hoping their lies never see the light of day. What those people don't
realize is that the truth lives on forever and leading their life in a
false manner will backfire on them one day and everything that was hidden,
untrue and made secret will come to light one day. When people’s lies are
brought to the forefront, nothing but shame, dishonor and heartache come
from it. The results of all their misdealings would not have been worth
it in the end because all that they gained from their deceit will be lost
and more importantly their name will be irreparable.
This is why I believe we should always lead our life in truth, honesty and
integrity. Doing that which is right no matter who is watching is what
pleases the Lord and leads our life onto the best path. Doing right when
no one else is looking is what each of us should continually strive to
do. No matter the temptation, always see integrity as most important.
Know that it will save you when you need it most and it will guard your
life when you least expect it. Be encouraged to live your life with
integrity and know that when you do your name will live on forever.
I hope this message encourages and inspires your heart to always follow
that which is right. Following the right path in the midst of temptation
is what will keep your life filled with blessings and joy that is unspeakable.
BUILDING ON VALUES
“I don't subscribe to the thesis, 'Let the buyer beware,'” said the late
writer Isaac Asimov. “I prefer the disregarded one that goes, 'Let the
seller be honest.'”
Look at the financial problems of today's world. How many of these problems
were the result of inferior products (dubious mortgages, in this case) sold
to unaware buyers?
I am convinced that long-range successful businesses, and truly successful
lives, are built on values. Two of those values are honesty and integrity.
Over a century ago, clothier John Wanamaker, whose retail business grew
into one of the world's first department stores, would have agreed.
Wanamaker is sometimes called the father of modern advertising. He
instilled the attitude of utmost honesty in his employees.
The story is told of one of his advertising people who was instructed to
make a sign promoting neckties that were reduced in price from one dollar
apiece to 25 cents. After personally examining the ties, the marketer
asked, “Are they any good?”
“No, they're not,” he was told.
Wanamaker would have been completely honest, so the ad copy had to reflect
the attitude of the store. The necktie advertisement was finally written
this way: “They are not as good as they look, but they are good enough at
25 cents.” The department sold out of ties almost immediately and was
forced to purchase several more weeks' supply of cheap ties to fill the
persistent demand (Selling Solutions, Juanita Ruiz, Ed., Oct. 1995).
Wanamaker believed that only a business based on values has real value.
And businesses of value are always successful.
Can't it also be said that a life built on values has real value? And when
you and I build our lives on honesty and integrity, we will likewise know
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 37:7-9 “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him: fret not
thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who
bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret
not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but
those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.”
Psalm 34:11-16 “Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the
fear of the LORD. What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days,
that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from
speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto
their cry. The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off
the remembrance of them from the earth.”
Psalm 37:16-20 “A little that a righteous man hath is better than the
riches of many wicked. For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the
LORD upholdeth the righteous. The LORD knoweth the days of the upright:
and their inheritance shall be for ever. They shall not be ashamed in the
evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied. But the
wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of
lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.”
Psalm 119:10-16 “With my whole heart have I sought Thee: O let me not
wander from Thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I
might not sin against Thee. Blessed art Thou, O LORD: teach me Thy
statutes. With my lips have I declared all the judgments of Thy mouth. I
have rejoiced in the way of Thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. I
will meditate in Thy precepts, and have respect unto Thy ways. I will
delight myself in Thy statutes: I will not forget Thy word.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: HE GATHERS EVERY TEAR
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Today’s Selected Testimony: HOW TO NOT STAY DEFEATED
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry