I was reading my morning devotional today (Day by Day with Charles Swindoll) and the topic was "Marks of Integrity". Mr. Swindoll says that the word of God gives us several marks of integrity that God want us to incorporate into our lives. They are:
1. An excellent attitude -Uh oh - I knew I was in trouble. I so want to go through my day with a positive attitude but how often do I start grumbling the moment something doesn't go my way? I try to teach my children that things don't always go exactly as we desire and we need to stay cheerful in spite of this. I fear, though, that my actions may often teach them that it's OK to be grumpy when things go awry. Alrighty - need to work on this one.
2. Faithfulness and diligence at work - Oooooo! Ooooo! Feeling pretty good about this one! I'm always busy...always doing something. My kids have to be able to see that, right? But do they also see that there is a monster pile of dirty clothes in the laundry room that's ready to crawl into the washing machine by itself. (Oh, wouldn't that be fabulous?!!!!) I've neglected it all week in favor of less important but certainly more entertaining pursuits. Bugger.
3. Personal purity of the highest caliber - Hmmmm...I need to give this one some thought. On the one hand it's not like I'm gambling and looking at dirty pictures on the internet, but on the other hand what about the TV that I watch? I'll admit to enjoying shows like Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives and Survivor. What does God think about that? Does anyone have thoughts on that?
4. Consistency in your walk with God - This one slapped me upside the head. I go in fits and spurts having a quiet time with God everyday. For a while, I'll do a great job getting up before my kids and spending time praying and reading my bible first thing in the morning. Then something will happen like one of the kids getting sick and being up several times in the night. I'll think, "I'll just sleep in a little this morning. I'm so tired." And before you know it, I've fallen out of the habit again. It's not like I don't know how much closer I am to the Lord when I have this time. I've gone through this cycle more times than I can count.
So, it looks like I have some work to do, as usual. I am going to pray about these specific traits for the next week or so. If anyone would like to do the same, let me know and we can pray for each other as well.
I'm working on a couple of projects that I'll share with you over the next couple of days.