The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson. –Tom Bodett
OML Day 21: Mulligan – Playing with Integrity (I’m back on track, baby!)
If you want to live deliberately and passionately, you would want to live with integrity. When you lack integrity, you end up acting one way at church and another way at work, or one way with your friends and another way at home with your family. If you want to have a high level of maturity and strength of character, then you’d want to be the same person no matter where you are and whomever you’re with.
When you are the same with everyone and everywhere, your life is filled with a calm unity, peace, passion and purpose. Our values and beliefs need to be a part of everything we do, not just some of what we do. We have to be true to ourselves and true to God in every area of our lives.
If you are honest in one area of your life, but dishonest in another, you do not have integrity. God wants us all to have integrity. He wants for us to maintain honesty, fairness, decency, and truth regardless of where we are or whom we’re with.
Most likely, our biggest problem with practicing and maintaining integrity is that we feel the need to impress people. Performing to keep up a false image to impress people takes a lot of energy and it’s not worth the effort. You need to decide if you are going to try to impress people or influence them. Crowds are impressed by image (the lie), but you can influence people if you are willing to take off your mask, be real, and admit you are human, you have faults and failures, just like everyone.
Integrity is when your private life matches your public image. What you see is what you get. It’s who you are when no one’s looking, when there’s no one around to impress. Allowing yourself to just be who you truly are and allowing others to witness what you truly believe in.
We must be willing to tell the truth, lovingly, in order to build up our relationships. We are not to be brutally honest, hurting and tearing down the other. The more you love, the less you lie, and the more you have the courage to tell the truth. Don’t be so afraid to admit your failures, mistakes, and ask forgiveness.
We’re not going to be perfect. We won’t come close to Jesus’ perfect score, but he gives us the ultimate mulligan, and if you’re a golfer, you know a mulligan is a do-over. We don’t deserve it and we can never earn it, but he loves us for who we are, no matter what we’ve done. No matter how many pieces we’re broken into, he can restore us and make us full and complete. He can make us whole.
Isn’t that refreshing and even more so, comforting? To get a do-over whenever we need one. Not only is every new day fresh, with no mistakes in it (yet), but with God, every second is a new chance, a fresh start, a do-over, a second chance. Gotta love that! I know I do! I make PLENTY of mistakes on a daily basis. Just when I think I’ve finally got it right, I go and screw it up and then I talk to God, saying, “Ah, you were testing me again, and I failed miserably, again. Sorry.” And I get another chance to do better the next time. Thanks, God, for forgiving my weakness and stupidity and letting me start again, with a fresh slate. I really appreciate it. I believe we all do, even if some of us refuse to admit it. I pray that all of us “get it” before our time is up, before it’s too late.
Love you peeps! *hug*