10 Takeaways on Integrity
Posted on August 24, 2020 by Catey Stover in Freedom Fighters
The whole pandemic has been a test about integrity. There have been so many times during the past few months that integrity has been in question, and we were faced with want to do.
As a ministry, we committed right from the outset that we were going to do everything we could to be compliant with the Governor’s orders and other matters relating to the Covid-19 virus.
The major reason was to protect the ministry of the Colony of Mercy and Barbara’s Place. Since this is the heartbeat of the ministry, we did not want to do anything that would put that ministry in jeopardy.
A great illustration of integrity this summer has had to do with seating for our conference meetings. I am very thankful for a staff that desires to serve people, and who have caught the vision doing everything we can to make our people feel loved and cared for.
The Governor’s mandate was that we could serve one hundred people in the gym. That was put to the test every week because I knew we had to follow that guideline. Anything over a hundred would me that those folks had to go to another room.
I heard things like, “Can’t we bring in a few more chairs?” “What are we supposed to do – he’s a Board member?” “They are really good donors – what’s one more chair?”
I am thankful that my people care about people. That’s what I want them to do. But in this case, there is a more significant concern for integrity and doing what is right to protect this ministry.
Regi Campell, in his devotional, Radical Wisdom – A Daily Journal for Men, gives a list of top ten integrity statements:
- A lie accompanies every sin.
- People usually know when you are lying.
- Sooner or later, everybody knows everything.
- “What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say,” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
- We feel good about ourselves when we do the right thing.
- Telling the absolute truth simplifies our lives.
- One of the most powerful things you can say is, “I don’t know.”
- When there’s an argument in your head, truth is often at stake.
- Silent lies are some of the most dangerous.
- Being truthful doesn’t mean being boorish or mean.
He goes on to say, “being a truth-teller brings truth-tellers into your world. And when you take the moral high ground and stand in truth, you’ll find others are straight up with you. Even if they don’t raise their game, they’ll remember your honesty. And they’ll respect you.
Proverbs 20:7 reminds us: The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him.
How are you doing with integrity?
Set apart for more,
Bill Welte, President/CEO
Write to Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by Bill Welte, President/CEO of America’s Keswick: Bill has been married to his childhood sweetheart for 40+ years and has four married kids and 12 amazing grandkids. He loves music and is an avid reader.
Think About This: “We do the right things, but God is responsible for how it all turns out. He loves us, He’ll take care of us, and we will sleep well at night!” – Regi Campbell
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: 9 not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. -1 Peter 3:9
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick.