The Importance of Integrity

2018 October 4
by faylamb

“Why would you say those things?”

When I was very young, I had an older friend who would put up with me for hours at a time. With a mom who worked sixteen-hour shifts, I would have been very lonely without my pal. Then one day, I felt slighted by that friend. I don’t remember why. What I do recall is that I said some very untrue things about her to my mother.

My memory is very vivid when I think of my friend’s sadness over my betrayal and the words she cried.

One aspect of parenting in which my mother excelled had been life lessons. This message she taught without a word. I suspect she understood that I got the picture all too well. I’m not very bright in a lot of things, but I majored in Life Lessons 101.

Personal integrity, at that time, was integral in life. By lying about my friend, the burden would only be lifted by declaring the truth—I lied. However, the burden of my lie could have followed my friend for life.

Thankfully, spats between small children are not so weighty as we move into adulthood. I still think back on the travesty I committed against my friend, and my long-ago actions still sorrow me.

As I go out On the Ledge and ponder the lesson I learned, it has become so evident to me, that personal integrity is jeopardized in society today. The necessary conviction of our hearts is fading in some because we have been told the end result justifies the means.

Yet, God’s Word wisely declares:

“He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. (Luke 16:10)

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