We’ve got soooo much to look forward to this summer! Weddings, babies, family parties, getaways–not to mention hot weather and bbq’s!! What I need to do is work on a strategy for minimal weight-gain disaster. ;)
I read two EDWJ’s this morning, to get caught up a little, in the Pillars of Wisdom study from Proverbs. The latest (second) Pillar has been Integrity. One businessman was asked what was most needed today in his business, and his answer was, integrity. Because daily he comes across dishonesty and duplicity, and people saying it only matters when you get caught. Of course, those who laugh are quite upset when they are the victims of dishonesty.
It’s easy to see the truth that we’re made for integrity, when I look at my son. He is still at the point where he is very uncomfortable with anything dishonest. I hope and pray that it’s not just “youth and idealism”; but I do fear that it will be difficult, as he starts his business, in today’s world–where you see a statement like: “There are two things essential if you are to succeed in business – integrity and sagacity. Integrity is keeping your word and sagacity is never giving your word.” (Of course, in a sense that is true–you need to be careful about giving your word if there is doubt you can keep it.)
However, Selwyn points out that there are still millions of people who place a high priority on honesty–and many of them are not even Christians. (My Dad is a person like that!) Sadly, they are more honest than many who ARE Christians.
The next reading had another neat analogy, that actually comes from the Bible. He started by telling about the doctor who discovered that most operations could be performed by local anesthesia, while they were still awake: he proved it by taking out his own appendix! The Bible is a “two-edged sword”, and commands us to examine ourselves. We need to allow the Holy Spirit to use the germ-free scalpel of scripture, and perform soul-surgery. Because, “when truth is not within me there is as much pain as with a diseased appendix.”