Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Day 21: Mulligan - Playing With Integrity

Playing With Integrity - Based on One Month to Live by Kerry and Chris Shook

Life Lesson (from journal): "If you only had one month to live, most likely you would want to review your life and examine your character. You would want to do all you could to learn from the mistakes in your past, iron out any wrinkles that had developed, and live your remaining days at peace. You would want your life to be integrated and whole, not compartmentalized and fragmented as we often experience when we're going through the motions of life and settling for less than we were make to enjoy. If you were living deliberately and passionately and were fully alive, you would want to live with integrity."
Kerry and Chris Shook says: Integrity is the opposite of image. Integrity is when your private life matches your public image. When what you see is what you get--that's integrity. Integrity is who you are when no one is looking.

* What might you do to follow the example of Samuel in 1Samuel 3:19-20? What would it mean if none of your words "fell to the ground"?

My Answer: From my understanding and my other study references, this can have two meanings. First, it can mean that through experience Samuel knows God's words are true--not one of God's words to him falls to the ground or fails. Second, Samuel's words to others are reliable as well; people find they can trust what he says. (1Samuel 9:6)
"The strength of a man's virtue should not be measured by his special exertions, but by his habitual acts." --Blaise Pascal
*Why are both living truthfully and speaking truthfully necessary components of imitating your Father's love and courage? See Ephesians 5:8-10.

My Answer: When I decided to live truthfully and speak that way as well, I am living in God's light. In more general terms, I am able to spread more cheer, give more genuinely to others, and just be happy without a need to be deceptive in any way.

Today's Challenge
     What do-over do you wish you could have? Take some time to talk with God about your regret. Ask His forgiveness and thank Him for making forgiveness possible at the price of Jesus' life.
      Ask God to give you strength and wisdom so you won't make the same mistake again, and then let Him guide you toward a more perfect "game."
      With His help, think of one step you can take today that will improve your integrity in that area of life where you wish you could have a do-over.
       Then go do it.

I hope you have a great day! Leave any feedback or comments in this post.

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