Pastor Wrinkles: The Lenten Journey Pt. 31

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We are less than ten days from Resurrection day now! It is hard to believe that Lent is almost over. I have been so blessed by this journey with Jesus!

Today’s question for meditation concerns integrity. John Maxwell writes, “When values, thoughts, feelings and actions are in alignment, a person becomes focused and his character is strengthened.

 Integrity is defined by dictionary. com  as-

1. adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.
2 .the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished
3. sound, unimpaired, or perfect condition
     I love all of these definitions but I think the second one best sums up why we would want to make sure our morality is pleasing to God. It is only when we walk in integrity before God that we are complete and undiminished. Understand, integrity is not for others. It is not something we want to possess so others will applaud our moral righteousness.  We need integrity in order to walk in an undiminished capacity. We need integrity to walk in power and authority throughout life.
     Integrity starts as an attitude. It presents as  a mindset, that we can, should and shall live right. It gives us the ability to let go of the past and look to the future fulfillment of God’s purpose in our lives. It is not perfection but it does seek it. Integrity gives us the ability to be honest when we fail. It gives us the ability to be honest with others about our shortcomings. More important it gives us the ability to be honest with ourselves.
So today’s question:
1. What are you not being honest with yourself about?
Ouch!
Quotes about integrity:
“They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions… but before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” 
― Harper Lee,
“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters” 
― Albert Einstein
“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.” 
― Marcus Aurelius
“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.” 
― Frederick Douglass
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8 thoughts on “Pastor Wrinkles: The Lenten Journey Pt. 31

  1. Great quotes. It is such a good question, and I think I am pretty skilled at not asking this of myself. TE stuff I really don’t want to know I guess. I will have to pray through this one

    Thanks for the prompt
    Ben

    • It is true. I think everyone acquires the skill for self-deception from an early age. Throughout life many of us practice the skill sometimes so much we come to a point we can not tell the truth from fiction. That is why we need the Word of God to give us an honest unbiased reflection of who we are.

  2. Only ten days to the day of Resurrection-Wow, have the days flown by or what? Pastor J, I can’t tell you just how much this journey has been working on the stuff buried deep within my heart. This has been quite the journey and I’m so glad God has and is preparing me for His complete inner healing. I was not being very truthful with myself in thinking that I needed more inner healing. I would tell myself I’m ok, really, that doesn’t bother me anymore, well that was not the truth. I thought I had already worked through it on my own but as we know His plan always proves to be bigger and better for us. This time around complete healing from the past is His plan versus just a bandaid I put on.

  3. >> What are you not being honest with yourself about?
    I am a champion at ignoring things, especially things I don’t like doing (cleaning the oven, washing the windows etc). Do I also ignore things regarding myself? Physically, yes. Spiritually? That is something I’ll have to ask my Father about. Thanks for the reminder.

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