I have been told that I have a particular knack for keeping it real! I stay appropriate for different settings and audiences in life. But to me the truth is the truth whether you are 3, 13 or 83. (I have a tendency to keep company with all three-age ranges in any given day).
I was raised to walk up right and stand for what I believe in. This way of life was met with challenges. Starting as early as my first grade teacher telling me I didn’t spell my name right. Which seemed ridiculous to me because my mother made sure I knew how to spell my name and address by they time I was in kindergarten. How you ask, STANDARDS, hundreds and hundreds of standards. So I challenged my teacher, which resulted in my mother coming to school and talking to her about the correct spelling of my name.
I would spend the next twenty years constantly arguing and standing for what I believed to be true. Then, I finally learned it was not always necessary to insert my point of view, I just had to maintain it. I learned the standing part of standing for what I believe in. I learned that keeping it real was not so much about telling someone what I believed in but walking in it everyday. Especially when no one was watching… LOL as if there was ever a time.
The same is true when it comes to the truth about God and all of his grace and mercy. I don’t have to conceive someone that God is the truth. I don’t have to argue someone into learning God’s way. I can only show someone God’s light through my life.
in·teg·ri·ty inˈtegritē/ noun
The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.
Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out. Proverbs10:9
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me John 14:6
Dear Heavenly Father,
You have been with me since the beginning gently leading me along the right path. You have quietly ushered me in the way of the upright. Thank you for being present. Thank you for standing with me when I questioned which way to go. And Lord thank you for bringing me back on track when I didn’t take the right way.