Wednesday, July 7, 2010

How much is your integrity worth?

The other day at work, I gave a guy $2 more in change that I should of. When he realized the error, he walked back to the counter and handed it back to me. I thanked him for his honesty and he said: My integrity is worth more than $2.
Starting there, I began to think more and more about how much people would sell their integrity for... $100? $500? $1 million? Or $2 for a cup of coffee? (p.s. someone printed off a fake starbucks coupon to get a free $4 drink... what does that say about you?)
As I was flipping through the channels, a show caught my eye: True Beauty. The show consists of 10 beautiful people competing to work in Vegas. What they don't know is that judges are ACTUALLY judging them on their INNER beauty. They stay or are kicked off depending on how honest they are, how they help or don't help people, and the amount of people they step on to get to the top. They also don't realize that the judges have set up these little "character scenarios" to test their true colors when no one is looking. It blew me away at how heartless and ruthless they truly were when no one was "looking."
For me, God boiled it down to this: Colossians 3:22 "Obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the LORD." How many times do I do the "right thing" when people are watching and do what is most convenient when I think no one is looking? All of these little snap shots have challenged me to ask the question: How much is my integrity worth? Will I do what is right, not just when their eye is on me, but at all times to show a sincere heart and reverence for the LORD, not for man. Something to think about...


eternityzero said...

I don't know how I stumbled across your blog and I don't know you but I feel absolutely priveleged to read about the amazing ways God is working in you and using you, all for His glory.
What an absolute encouragement your blog is! Keep it up.

I wish you all the best with your marriage and the work God has in store for the two of you together!

Gary said...

THis is an awesome post. I found it googling "How much is integrity worth?" - I was in the bank the other day and when I found my wife hadn't endorsed one of our checks, the teller said, "Why don't you just sign her name?" I asked (though I knew), "Isn't that illegal?" He said "Only if we know about it." I ended up writing him a letter... with a copy of your blob entry attached. Thanks! I pray it ministers to him as it did to me.