…when no one is looking”. I can’t tell you who said this-heck-I even googled it (or as my mom says, “goggled” it). I have heard this my whole life-however-I have not adhered to it my whole life. Who doesn’t try to get away with the little things once in awhile?
Here are a few examples, embarrassingly enough, where I have been a woman of less than integrity and where God has knocked me down a peg or two:
“I just go 4 miles over the speed limit. Everyone else does.” Bam! Speeding ticket.
“Of course I didn’t stuff my bra, Mom. Those are kleenexes for later.” Bam! Grounded and forced to write 6 inches out of the dictionary.
“She forgot to charge me for the stuff at the bottom of my cart. It’s a big corporation, it won’t matter to them.” Bam! Convicted and went back to pay for my “free” stuff.
“They left it behind-guess it’s mine now.” Bam! Convicted and they asked for it later, which was awkward.
I decided long ago when I was humiliated for another lie, to no longer live that way. Black is black and white is white-even if the world seems to think there are 50 shades of grey.
Here’s what God says about integrity:
“In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality.” Proverbs 12:28 (I’d like to have a long life.)
“The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.” Proverbs 10:9 (I want to be secure in who I am.)
“In my integrity, you uphold me and set me in your presence forever.” Psalm 41:12 (That sounds pretty awesome.)
“May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope is in you.” Psalm 25:21
Ever since I decided to live a black and white life, I don’t have to wonder what I need to cover up, who I’ve told what or what I’ve omitted from which conversation.
It’s so simple. It’s so freeing. Why didn’t I do this years ago?