Living with Integrity

“With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity, you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt.”—Zig Ziglar

There were four clergymen discussing the merits of various Bible translations. One liked the King James version because of its simple, beautiful English. Another liked the American Revised version because it was more literal and came nearer to the original Hebrew and Greek. Still another liked Moffat’s translation because of its up-to-date vocabulary.

The fourth minister was silent. When asked his opinion, he replied, “I like my mother’s translation best.”

The other three expressed surprise. They didn’t know his mother had translated the Bible. The fourth minister assured them, “She translated it into life, every day of her life, and it was the most convincing translation I ever saw.”

People are always watching us, checking to see if we live the way we profess to live. Living with integrity means doing the right thing, not just when it’s convenient, but doing the right thing all the time.

It’s easy to say all the right things. It’s not so easy to do all the right things. Sometimes we adapt our behavior to our surroundings, often losing integrity in the process.

A father came home from work one day to find his son waiting for him. The son wanted to play but the father had to get some tasks done that couldn’t wait. The son was insistent, so the father created a game.

On the coffee table there was a magazine that contained a map of the world. The father took the map and tore it into several tiny pieces. He then instructed his son to put the map together.

The son started on the puzzle and the man got to work, thinking it would take his son several hours to assemble the puzzle. To his surprise, 15 minutes later the son was back and the puzzle was assembled. Amazed, the father asked how he had finished it so quickly.

“It was easy. On the other side of the map was a picture of a man. When I got the man right, the whole world was right.”

So it is in our lives. Once we act right, once we act with integrity, the whole world becomes right.

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