Welcome to the daily devotional we have. This is a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have a video that relates to the devotional.
This devotional is titled “Living With Integrity”. It is 7 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
“Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.”
Integrity is measured by your willingness to do the right thing … even when it costs you.
In 2010, professional golfer Brian Davis was pursuing his first PGA tour win. When regulation play ended, Davis was tied for first place with Jim Furyk. Deciding a winner required a playoff.
On the very first hole, Davis’ approach shot to the green rolled off and settled in a hazard among rocks and twigs. After chipping the ball back onto the green, he seemed poised to match scores with Furyk and extend the playoff. Instead, he stopped play and motioned for a rules official. To everyone’s amazement, Davis called a penalty on himself – in effect, handing the victory to his opponent. It was a stunning moment.
What happened? On his backswing, the club barely grazed a twig six inches behind the ball – a violation of PGA rules. The movement was so slight that no one but Davis could have seen it. Even with slow motion replay the twitch was nearly indiscernible. But Davis knew the truth. The mistake not only cost him his first championship victory, but his prize winnings dropped by nearly half a million dollars. He later explained that, even though the consequences of his admission were severe, “It’s one of the best things I’ve done … I did the right thing.”
A lot of motives drive decision-making in our society. Quick and easy fixes. Personal gain. Maintaining creature comforts. What about you? What place does integrity hold in your decisions? Are you willing to do the right thing even if God and your conscience are the only witnesses? The best choices are made from a deep well of character. It’s about doing what’s right simply because it’s the right thing to do … even when it costs us. Integrity like that honors the Lord.
Integrity is the number one thing I look for in a person. I would rather interact with a scumbag who is honest and hides nothing, than a “good” person who lies. I actually have a friend who is a Christian in the public’s eye but then lies about a lot of things. He lies so much that I don’t know what to believe. Integrity affects trust. I lied to my ex of two and a half years multiple times, so many times in fact that we had to break up because she could not trust me. That is pretty bad, huh? I have no issue with telling everyone else the truth but with her I felt like I was walking on needles and needed to lie. That was quite a while in my life ago and I have moved on from that. Whether it is family, friends, or my future wife, I expect them to be honest and me to be honest as well.