Lead Well: Repair Your Integrity

Lead well in life: keep your integrity intact.

But you have upheld me because of my integrity, and set me in your presence forever [Psalm 41:12 ESV]

In Psalm 41 David lets us know how God has upheld him because of his integrity, which allowing for how David behaved at times may seem a little incredible. Or does it rather point to a different way to view of integrity.

Integrity is not about perfection. Instead it’s about how we deal with situations when we don’t behave with perfection. Wholeness is difficult to attain and even harder to maintain. So when things break that, how we respond will either preserve our integrity or if we are not careful, maybe damage it beyond repair.

David messed up. But when confronted, he responded. He prayed. He called on God. He wept. He repented. He repaired his integrity. And God upheld him. More than that God set him in His presence forever. I can definitely relate to the messing up part and am a thankful recipient of Gods endless grace

Repair your integrity.

It may not come naturally. Be willing to be honest. Things happen, so let’s learn to respond well. To ask for forgiveness. To forgive. To repent from patterns of behaviour. To work hard at lining your life up with the Word of God. Integrity is hard won, easily lost. When a chip appears, fix it. Otherwise, a chip becomes a crack, which if left untended becomes a break which could be impossible to close.

The world needs people who are willing to work at protecting and maintaining their integrity. The world especially needs Christians who are able to stay strong, and who when they make a mistake, deal with it, get right with people and with God, and by doing so, protect and maintain their integrity. God rewards those with such a heart and sets them in His presence forever.

What do you think to todays thought?

 

Lead Well: Fight for the Right Things

 

One thing is true, if we want to make progress then we will, at times, have to be willing and able to fight for it. Most things don’t just land in our laps, we have to work for them. Opportunities are said to come to those who are busy.

To lead well in life then we have to be prepared for a battle, to stand strong, to fight.

Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.  Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. [1 Timothy 6:11b-12]

Let’s not waste our energy fighting for the wrong things.

Let’s fight for our faith, our family and for our future.

Let’s determine to not surrender to our circumstances

Instead, let’s battle and fight in pursuit of the right kind of godly living. For righteousness, for godliness, for faith, for love, for steadfastness and for gentleness.

When we fight and battle for these things we stand out of the crowd, most of whom are in pursuit of their own way and of their rights. It takes courage. The good news is we are not alone in fighting this great fight, God is on our side, and the same power which raised Christ from the dead lives within us. We are fully equipped and enabled to live through the ‘whatevers’ of life. So…

…let’s battle through and not give up.

…let’s battle the situations and not the people involved in the situations.

…let’s battle selfishness and not worry about our own reputation. God is perfectly able to protect us.

…let’s take hold of the life to which we have been called. To be filled with the fullness of God. To know Him better, personally and intimately. To comprehend the full dimensions of His love for us. To live out the life of abundance Jesus promised us.

What’s the alternative? A life of defeat, giving up, loss, unfulfillment, regret and missed opportunity. And surely nobody really wants that kind of life.

Tell me what you think to this thought, I’d love to hear. Thanks.