By Reverend Donn
I do not plan on selling my house, I like it and I like where we live, so I do not plan on selling it. And I do not plan on buying a house. As I said, I don’t plan on selling my current house and I can’t afford a second house, so I do not plan on buying a second house. But if I were going to sell a house or buy a house I would use Stacey Sofoul as my real estate agent. I’m going to be preaching on the ‘Importance Of A Real Estate Agent’ on Sunday, September 29, but that’s not what this article is about.
I have a great auto mechanic; he is taking over for his father who is also a great auto mechanic. I’ve used them for decades, and recommend them all the time. But this article is not about auto mechanics.
This article is about ‘integrity.’ I recently heard or read a quote, ‘If you have honesty, integrity, and character, nothing else matters. If you don’t have honesty, integrity, and character, nothing else matters.’
I look out at our congregation and I am greatly encouraged because I see people in the pews who have honesty, integrity, and character. All you have to do is look at TV to know that is not always the case in the world. Unfortunately sometimes we see it much closer to home, where we work, or live, or go to school. Not everyone lives by those values.
The way we live our lives, the choices we make, the words we say, the actions we take; all reveal who we are. Many of us remember the story of the Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and some of you will be reading about them later this year as you continue your 365 Bible readings. Their story is in the Old Testament book of Daniel, chapter 3.
Standing up for what we believe, acting in faith with honesty, character, and integrity, may sometimes put us in an uncomfortable situation, but just like the Hebrew children, when we do, we will discover that there is another who is also present with us, who is also revealed.