Thursday, December 15, 2011

Bigger Picture Moments: Integrity Check

A phone call from a colleague blasted apart a peaceful morning and sent me into an upset that left my four year old confessing how he didn't like it when mommy talked "to that friend on the phone."

In the midst of accusations, my temperature rose to a level of hot I haven't felt in quite a long time {hello unsettled hormones?}, and I actually found myself saying something like "How could you think I would ever do that to you or to anyone?"

Well, simple.

Because I could.

Would I? Probably not.

But we all have the capacity to do hurtful things and spew heated, fire-infused words.

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23

I'm not exempt from having the ability to hurt people just because I don't intentionally set about to do the hurting.

And I'm not hovering angelically in a cloud of righteousness and holiness that would make it impossible for me to do something deceitful.

Of course, because I hadn't engaged in the deceitfulness I'd been accused of in this case, I became very defensive and, thus, we circle back to me asking the old "How could you ever think I would do such thing?"

Yes, there is character and track record to take into account, and, yes, when we feel like we've been wronged by someone we've trusted we should take those two things into consideration before making accusations in our minds or aloud.

But we all have the innate ability to blow it from time to time, to hurt someone, to make a poor decision.

Or as she says, "God appoints people who disappoint to point to a God who never disappoints."

That's to be remembered, too, when on the receiving end of our intentions, our actions, our integrity being questioned.

Most importantly, though, when my integrity is questioned or character comes under the spotlight, I've got to remember to look up instead of around.

"The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7

Mirrors can't reflect more than the facade.

For real inspection of the heart, we have to go to the only eyes that can see through the flesh and glimpse at who we really are ... and that's really the questioning of self with which I should be more concerned.

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