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"The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him." Proverbs 20:7
Scripture says, "The integrity of the upright shall guide them..." Proverbs 11:3. I believe that the very best word to describe integrity would have to be honesty. Integrity is simply being honest with God, your neighbor, and yes, even yourself.
My husband always says, "a man who will not stand for his convictions is not worth his salt, he has no integrity." Job is a wonderful example of true integrity. Even after his entire life crumbled around him, this is what the Lord had to say about Job.
"And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause" Job 2:3.
I ran across this little story with a powerful moral to it, and it is simply this, "the integrity of the upright shall guide them".
Integrity – The Carpenter's House
An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife enjoying his extended family.
He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They could get by. The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end his career.
When the carpenter finished his work and the builder came to inspect the house, the contractor handed the front-door key to the carpenter. "This is your house," he said, "my gift to you."
What a shock! What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently. Now he had to live in the home he had built none too well.
So it is with us. We build our lives in a distracted way, reacting rather than acting, willing to put up less than the best. At important points we do not give the job our best effort. Then with a shock we look at the situation we have created and find that we are now living in the house we have built. If we had realized that we would have done it differently.
Think of yourself as the carpenter. Think about your house. Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Build wisely. It is the only life you will ever build. Even if you live it for only one day more, that day deserves to be lived graciously and with dignity. The plaque on the wall says, "Life is a do-it-yourself project." Your life tomorrow will be the result of your attitudes and the choices you make today.
— Story Source Unknown
— Yours in Christ, Wanette Munter