While contemplating the simplicity of truth and matters of conscience, my thoughts turned to the importance of internal integrity.

The Oxford languages dictionary has an entry for integrity as “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.”  I thought “Now that’s a trait in short supply these days.” Yet, it is the foundation of good character and trustworthy relationships.

Solomon in Proverbs 11:3 says, “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.”

From its Hebraic root, integrity here carries the idea of completeness and fulness, as well as innocence and simplicity.

Paul the apostle in 2 Corinthians 8:21 writes, “For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.” Another trait in short supply in society as a whole, I thought.

I admire people who keep their word, win, or lose; they stand by their decisions. I always learn something from people who are unafraid and unapologetic for being honest.

Honesty sharpens self-awareness, which allows us to exhibit authenticity with others. I have often imagined the great possibilities of our nation’s future if all leaders including elected officials embodied this level of character.

So, I continue in prayer for a collective recalibration of our nation’s moral compass. -JSP


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