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bigstock-An-illustration-of-the-word-in-18939803“23 Above all else, guard your heart,

for everything you do flows from it.
24 Keep your mouth free of perversity;
keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead;
fix your gaze directly before you.
26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet
and be steadfast in all your ways.
27 Do not turn to the right or the left;
keep your foot from evil.” Proverbs 4:23-27 NIV

 

INTEGRITY (n)- the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness (New Oxford American Dictionary)

 

The Word of God is quite clear on showing us how we should act.  However, I believe that the problem lies within each of us.  Man-kind is innately evil.  The fact of the matter is that we enjoy doing those things which are not good for us and then complain when things go wrong.  We know what we are suppose to do yet it is so much easier to do what we WANT to do.  Then, we try to justify our actions by pointing fingers at everyone else.  

 

What has happened to our society?  What has happened to us…the church?  I can’t help but think that we are going down the same path as Sodom and Gomorra…and we know what happened to them.  We are living a careless life like the people in the times of Noah.  (Oh Lord, have mercy on us!)  What saddens me the most is that many “so-called believers” are no different than the rest of the world.  And yes, at times I have found myself not living up to the standards laid out before me in the holy scriptures.  I have no one to blame but myself.  

 

It would be so easy for me to blame others but, deep down inside I know that the responsibility to live a life of integrity lies in me.  I find that I walk in integrity more consistently when I am under the “limelight.”  Yet when no one is watching, I tend to get careless.  Do I really think that no one is watching me?  The truth is that I know that God is always watching me…and I still do what I don’t want to do.  When I find myself in this position I understand the words written by the Apostle Paul so much better. 

 

“18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.” Romans 7:18,18 NIV

 

No, I am not trying to excuse my actions.  I am actually being open and honest about my own struggles and weaknesses.  Does this mean that I will continue to live life as I have in the past?  No.  I strongly believe that one day I will have to give account, before God, of what I did on this earth.  I have been commissioned to be an ambassador of Christ.  I not only represent myself with my actions; I represent a holy God.  I must do what is right even when I am not in the presence of others and even when I don’t feel like doing the right thing.  Because, although I am not in the presence of other people I am always in the presence of my loving Creator who molded me in His image.  

 

We each have been given the gift of “freedom of choice.”  How will you choose to live your life?  Who are you representing with your actions today?

 

Ambassador of Christ,

Abigail E Shaw

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