I got this few paragraphs from a book I’ve been reading and I thought to share with us. It breaks down integrity and the need for us to live who we say we are:
“Our problem generally is not that we don’t know the rules, but that we don’t live what we already know. A man is being tailgated by a woman who is in a hurry. He comes to an intersection, and when the light turns yellow, he hits the brakes. The woman behind him goes ballistic. She honks her horn at him; she yells her frustration in no uncertain terms; she rants and gestures.
While she is in mid-rant, someone taps on her window. She looks up and sees a policeman. He invites her out of her car and takes her to the station where she is searched and fingerprinted and put in a cell. After a couple of hours, she is released, and the arresting officer gives her her personal effects, saying, “I’m very sorry for the mistake, ma’am. I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, using bad gestures and bad language. I noticed the ‘What would Jesus do?’ bumper sticker, the ‘Choose Life’ licence plate holder, the ‘Follow m to Sunday School’ window sign, the Christian fish emblem on your trunk, and I naturally assumed you had stolen the car.”
The world gets pretty tired of people who have Christian bumper stickers on their cars, Christian books on their shelves, Christian stations on their radios, Christian jewelry around their necks, Christian videos for their kids, and Christian magazines for their coffee tables but don’t actually have the life of JEsus in their bones or the love of Jesus in their hearts.”
Integrity is believing what is right, saying what we believe, and doing what we say; consistency from the beginning to the end of the line! We should do it!
“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true,
I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.”
Reference: When the Game is over, it all goes back in the BOX. (John Ortberg, 2007)