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Integrity, What Does it Mean?

Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out. (Proverbs 10:9 ESV)

The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them. (Proverbs 11:3 ESV)

Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.  (Proverbs 28:6 ESV)

Men, this is an oldie but a goodie I wrote back in 2012, and I thought it would be worth repeating.  I recently sent out a message to my church family on the importance of commitment, and that being said, without integrity there can be no commitment. God clearly tells us, “But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes ‘ or ‘No, no'; anything beyond these is of evil.” (Matthew 5:37) We should never make a promise we can’t keep, our Character, integrity is at stake.

I won this book some time ago at a church function written by Dr. Henry Cloud called Integrity.  As typical, for yours truly not being an avid book reader, this book sat in my library for two years with one chapter read, and my standard book mark in place.  I have to confess I have an untold number of books  with the same book mark, 1-3 chapters read, far from completion.  Even sadder some of these authors are good friends of mine.  If they only knew!

In the beginning of Dr Henry Cloud’s book Integrity he is being interviewed, and questioned about investing his money in some up and coming businesses. The conversation went as follows:  “Dr. Cloud I can see you have invested in several business’s, and I was wondering how you you were able to determine if they were worth investing in given the absence of  your having knowledge or expertise in any of these products and services, which would  ensure their success, and protect your investment?”

Dr Clouds reply, “I don’t invest in businesses,” but he was immediately interrupted, before he was done responding by his interviewer.  “Doctor, according to my research you have five businesses I can name right now that you have invested in.  Dr Clouds response,I don’t invest in the business.  I invest in the people who own and operate their business.  You see my friend, if you invest in people with a high level of integrity and character their business will flourish, and my investment will be secure.”

Integrity –  “It is more than simple honesty. It’s the key to success. A person with integrity has the — often rare — ability to pull everything together, to make it all happen no matter how challenging the circumstances. — Dr. Henry Cloud, author of Integrity, (the courage to meet demands of reality.)

What a powerful lesson to learn, “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely.” Isn’t that exactly what Proverbs tells us to do walk in integrity, and by doing so we will be secure? We live in a world of uncertainty everyday.  We are pummeled with negative; talk, headlines, circumstances from family disputes to, financial woes, to broken marriages, and health issues.  When will it all stop?

I certainly don’t have the answer to that while we reside here on earth, but I do know our Savior will return for us and make all things new, thank you Jesus. The question is will we deal with these difficulties, as men of integrity?  Jesus told us from the beginning that we were created for fellowship, lasting relationships, first with Him, then with family, than all His people including reaching out for the lost.  As Doc says,Good business is more about the honesty, good character, and integrity of people.”

Men, walk with Integrity today, seek the Lord’s instruction through His Word.  Lean on the Holy Spirits understanding.  Make an effort to invest in people with good character, and high levels of integrity while maintaining your own.  Time is short; once spent it can not be returned, so invest in it wisely.

“O Lord, help me understand my mortality and the brevity of life! Let me realize how quickly my life will pass! Look, you make my days short-lived, and my life span is nothing from your perspective. Surely all people, even those who seem secure, are nothing but vapor.” (Psalm 39:4-5)

Seek the Adventure, Strength and Honor Papa Joe!