Integrity?

January 9, 2019

                               

My friend, may I ask you a question? Those momentary pangs of conscience, are often there for a split second; when we’re tempted to cheat on our taxes or fudge a job resume. Isn’t it true that the odds of getting caught in these moments are so minimal that we can rationalize them away?

 

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

 

 

 

My grandmother called them “Tiny Moments.” She’d say, “In a “tiny moment,” you could have done this or that another way.” I never really stopped much to think about those two little words while my grandmother was on this earth. Now, decades later, I completely understand what she was talking about. She was always advising us on behavior, one way or another. But now I know what she meant as the years of raising a family and running businesses have taught me. Those “tiny” moments are those little pangs of conscience that are there for but a moment and then gone. God is asking us to act when those moments, as they so often do, pop up.

 

It’s that momentary pang of conscience that’s there for a split second when we’re tempted to cheat on our taxes or fudge a job resume. The odds of getting caught are so minimal that these “tiny moments” are easily rationalized away by the “larger” picture. 

 

Here’s a story: Reuben Gonzales was in the final match of a professional tennis tournament. It was his first shot at a victory on the pro circuit, and he was playing the perennial champion. In the fourth and final game, at match point, Gonzales made a super “kill” serve right on the line. The referee called it good. One of the two linesmen affirmed that the shot was in. But Gonzales, after a moment’s hesitation, turned around, walked to the net and shook his opponent’s hand, and declared that his shot had had been foul. As a result, he lost the match. He walked off the court. Everybody was stunned. Who could ever imagine it in any sport or endeavor? A player, with everything officially in his favor, with victory in his hand, disqualified himself at match point and lost! When asked why he did it, Reuben said, “It was the only thing I could do to maintain my integrity.” (J. Daniels) 

 

“ A tiny moment;” you think that Gonzales had one? In all likelihood, that’s exactly what happened to him. That little dart of conscience hit his heart and his heart and mind listened. Despite the fact that no one would have known but him, just his knowing was enough to make the difference. It’s what the Bible calls “wisdom from above.” When we acknowledge that those “tiny moments” are really the voice of God prompting us to do what is right so that we don’t act foolishly. This is the real test of character for anyone wishing to lead a godly life. Are we willing to embrace integrity not only when all are watching, but also when no one but God knows? Those “tiny moments” do make a difference. 

 

We pray: Heavenly Father. You know the true content of my heart though others may be fooled by my words and actions. So it is with You that I must keep a short account and pray from a genuine heart that I will act in accordance to Your revealed will and think upon those things which are honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report. Thoughts form in my mind before they are spoken from my mouth, so I pray that You would purify my mind, keep my tongue from evil, and enable me to stand for that which is honorable in Your sight so that I pass the tests of life and hear you say, “I am pleased with your integrity. In Jesus' name, Amen."

 

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

 

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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