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The “I” of the Storm

The weatherman calls for snow, and before the first flake falls, everyone empties the grocery stores of milk and bread. We believe we are prepared, but we need more than milk sandwiches to make it through the storm.

A ship might look sound, but under the stress of a mighty storm, it is its integrity that determines whether or not it falls apart. Integrity means “being whole, undivided,” “a sound condition” or “an adherence to a moral code; uprightness; incorruptible.”

As Christians, we need integrity to protect ourselves from the storms of life. Proverbs 28:18 says, “The one whose walk is blameless is kept safe, but the one whose ways are perverse will fall into the pit.” When temptations and trials come our way, integrity keeps us on course.     

A person of integrity is the same in private and public. He is honest and authentic; in other words, he is not “divided” or “two-faced” (Proverbs 11:3). This is difficult to do in a Facebook world, where everyone puts his best “face” forward. But when we remove our masks and get real, we open ourselves to truth and honesty, which allows us to grow and change. God can effectively reach others through our stories if we’re sincere and honest, and if we aren’t viewed as hypocrites (1 Tim 3:7).

Reflect:

  • What is one thing you can do today to begin preparing yourself for trial and temptation?
  • What can you do to be more honest and authentic in your private life and in your public life?
  • Is there an area of your life where you need to open yourself up to truth? How can you begin to take that step today?

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