Let me paint the picture for you. Imagine being a mother or father of a child that you tried desperately to conceive and them being held by the hands of a killer. A rifle placed at their temple and being told to denounce your faith for the sake of keeping your baby alive. Imagine the amount of confidence that a parent must have in their faith to be able to confess their faith in that situation? Can you honestly say that you could do it? Would you even give it a thought? If I’m going to remain transparent with you, I’m not sure I could. Real talk. Having that level of awareness of where I am increased my respect for those that are presently faced with that challenge and die daily based on their decision.
All week, it’s been on my heart to share on the topic of integrity. Yes, integrity, a word many have probably heard but few understand. It seemed like every article I read or news report I watched had me questioning how many people today truly knows what it means to live a life of integrity and the importance of it in their daily lives.
It started with an episode of “Basketball Wives LA” as I watched one of the women recall how she felt her cast mate was putting on a front and couldn’t be trusted. However, when they played her actual response to the woman in a clip, she laughed it off and played nice like there was no issue.
A few days later, I’m reading a magazine article about Ashton Kutcher’s apparent affair with a 22 year-old woman in a hotel room on his 6th year wedding anniversary. Apparently, him claiming to be separated was enough for her to jump in bed with him, yet at the end of the article she says she values marriage and would never cheat on her husband. The ignorance of the article is beyond your wildest imagination and I won’t waste time on it. I want to focus on just one of the missing ingredients in both of these stories… Integrity.
… and as God would have it designed, the journal entry where I wanted to pick up on this week would be August 5, 2007 “Walking in Confidence & Integrity.” Continue reading “Finding My Set Place: “Phil 3:17-19” – August 5, 2007″
My constant prayer is that my hearing increases so that I am better able to discern the voice of God throughout my day. Each day I want to become more and more certain of His voice until I move without any hesitation. So today, I’m doing something a little different. Why? Because God said so. Continue reading “Rocky vs. Goliath”
Isaiah 41:10-11 Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.(A)