Wednesday, November 14

Cultivating Integrity

In a world with plenty of self-righteousness and greasy morality and ethics how are we as parents, teaching integrity to our children?
There is, undoubtedly, popularity in pointing fingers. Pointing out other people's flaws or sin makes the pointer look all the better, right? How mistaken we are. Unfortunately, its easier to point than focus inward at what we truly ought to be dealing with. I have been guilty of this as well.

I wonder to myself, and in the wondering is the pointing finger, "How did she become so bitter?", "Don't they realize they are wasting their lives?". I recall a verse that states "the devil is the accuser of the brethren" Rev. 12:10. How many of us freely allow the devil to work through us, pointing, accusing, drawing attention from our own sin?

Integrity begins in the home, with Mama and Papa.

What we say to our children matters about a quarter as much as what they see us do. Do our children know that we've tithed from the little and then eaten boxed macaroni and cheese for dinner? Or do they see us spending for happiness with no intention or means of repaying the creditors? I remember one week as a child, eating spaghetti and sauce for a week straight for dinner because it was what we had. And my Mom tithed. I am so proud of her. I don't miss the delicious meatballs that we didn't have at all.
How hard would it be for us, instead of pointing, whether it is justified or not, to only speak well of those in question. It is a hard thing to do! As a child, I also heard, "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." Not a verse from the Bible but a very good principle for sure.

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