Day: 15 July 2019

Integrity Takes Effort

I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar. I hate all who deal crookedly; I will have nothing to do with them. I will reject perverse ideas and stay away from every evil. I will not tolerate people who slander their neighbors. I will not endure conceit and pride. I will search for faithful people to be my companions. Only those who are above reproach will be allowed to serve me. I will not allow deceivers to serve in my house, and liars will not stay in my presence.  Psalms 101:3-7

It is vital in the recovery process we do not follow a program that undermines our faith in God. We need to learn how to discern the right things to believe, do and follow. Honesty in the process is not an optional extra. It says in the ‘Big Book’ of Alcoholics Anonymous it is “a process that demands rigorous honesty”  Rejecting ideas and people who may present the ‘easier, softer way’ is also important.

Tough Decisions

Psalms 25:8 The Lord is honest and good. He teaches sinners to walk in his ways.

Lying in the process of recovery destroys our integrity.

A number of years ago I worked for The Salvation Army’s Family Stores, now Salvo Stores and the Territorial Director retired. The new Territorial Director suggested to me I was in the wrong job. A job I had been in for many years. He said to me “I don’t want to lose you so I want you to write a new Job description for yourself.” I was devastated. Because I believed then and still believe I was in a God-called position in my life. The result of that conversation was that after eighteen years working for Family Stores I resigned.

The reason I resigned was that I believed and still believe what I was being asked to do in the company went against God’s integrity.

  • What tough decisions is God asking you to make?

 

Prayer: Lord help me to make the tough decisions I need to make

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