“He who walks in Integrity walks securely.” Proverbs 10:9
There are times when the temptation to do less than your best is hard to resist. Especially when you have been sold as a slave, and sent off to a foreign land. Once there among foreign people with their foreign language, and after being poked and haggled over, you are finally sold. Even the discovery you have been sold to Pharaoh’s Captain of the Guard, as important as he may be, would bring little motivation to do your best.
My personality and temperament tend to be uncooperative to those who I believe have been abusive to me. However, I am equally certain those in charge of new slaves in the household would know exactly how to deal with a disobedient slave. I definitely need a lot more time in Grace in Process.
Joseph, on the other hand, was a much wiser young man. He chose to do his very best for his master, to give his all, and that is exactly what he did. Everything Joseph attended to prospered.
“So Potipher gave Joseph complete administrative responsibility over everything he owned. With Joseph there, he didn’t have a worry in the world, except to decide what he wanted to eat.” Genesis 38:6
Imagine a young man who, despite all that had happened to him, still acted with integrity! Integrity is to be highly treasured in a man, and often hard to discover. Max Lucado gave the best definition of integrity I have heard: “Integrity is when someone drives up to a four way stop at 2:00 a.m. and with unlimited visibility in all directions, comes to a complete stop.” Integrity is the word used to describe a person of honor, good character, virtue, morality, decency and trustworthiness. It applies equally across the spectrum of age and gender.
Acting with integrity is always the best choice. It allows respect to remain in place for all concerned. It allows trust to grow, and understanding to be fostered. It is not easy; doing the right thing often isn’t easy, but it is always worth it.
For me, the challenge is getting past my feelings, especially the destructive ones, the ones that lie to me, the ones the enemy uses to destroy me. I believe it is our negative feelings that destroy integrity, causing us to choose retribution and revenge, to destroy rather than build up.
What allows us to choose integrity and honor is Grace given by God which changes our hearts and minds. God seeks every moment of every day to give us all we need to walk in peace, mercy, and Grace, to walk in His love. Just as God was with Joseph, blessing everything he managed, touched, and oversaw, He will do the same for us.
Our story will look different from Joseph’s story. It is our own story, different from anyone else’s story, because we are each unique, wonderful, and deeply loved.
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