Proverbs 10:9, Proverbs 19:1, Proverbs 2:6-8
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- What do these verses mean to you?
- Which part of scripture stands out to you the most? (Feel free to doodle!)
- What are some ways that you can become more trustworthy?
The first thing I want to do is define integrity. Sometimes when I read devotionals or inspirational blogs I notice that people talk about something that they don't define. I find this confusing and frustrating because it makes me question their definition and if I am even thinking along the same lines. I want to make it easy for you guys to understand where I'm coming from when I talk about something.
Integrity is the quality of being honest and moral. Other words that help to define it include "decency," "virtue," "fairness," "truthfulness," "righteousness" and "sincerity." There, now that that's been taken care of, let's get to the good stuff.
Ok, let's be real. We all have moments of dishonesty. We're human, it's natural. Maybe it was that time you promised your friend that you wouldn't tell her secret. Maybe you did. Maybe it slipped out. You didn't mean any harm, at least that's what you tell yourself. Or was it that time that you lied to your parents? You know, that time you wanted to go out with your friends so you said that you had finished your homework when it was really still sitting on your bed. We've all done something like that, no matter how often we deny it or make excuses for it.
When I think of dishonesty, Edmund Pevensie is one the first people I think of. Funnily enough, he's also one of the first when I think of integrity. Edmund went through a complete turn-around change during The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. He went from an immature and self-centered little boy to a thoughtful and trustworthy young man.
His transformation was not immediate, nor was his journey easy. However, he knew what kind of person Aslan wanted him to be and he never gave up. Later in his life he still struggled with his temptations, but he knew that failure was not an option. He pursued his goal until he became a man worthy of the title "King Edmund The Just."
Integrity is something that everyone should desire. It's so important, as a Christian, to be trustworthy. If we are losing non-believers' trust, how can they assume that they will not end up just like us? I know when I meet someone who is dishonest I don't want to be around them. They tend to scare me because I know I cannot trust them. I have to be careful about what I say to them. It would be foolish for me to confide in them. In the words of Jack Sparrow, "You can always count on a dishonest man to be dishonest."
There will come a time when you will have to choose between right and wrong. I encourage you girls to be filled with integrity! Do what is right!