What is your integrity, your honor and your
reputation worth? Would your family and friends say of you:
trust you with my life? If this is a gift your world bestows on
you, if so value it, regard it, live worthy of it. Our reputation can
be torn asunder by the fortunes of life. However, our real reputation
and integrity can never be touched, regardless of appearances, if we
have this quality within us at the heart of our being.
A friend had an accident. It involved other friends
of mine. I went to the other friends and told them I would assure that
they would be indemnified. This made them relieved and happy.
Another friend standing nearby spoke quietly to the
group and said, "If Herb gives his word you can count on it. I
would trust Herb with my life."
Many more things were said, but I did not hear
them. I was so pleased with the comment of trust.
How do we earn the trust of another? How do we
deserve the confidence of others in our word and in our actions? The
answer is in the manner in which we live our lives since it becomes
our calling card announcing our integrity. While actions speak louder
than words, thoughts speak louder than either words or actions. As we
think in our heart so are the responses we have in life. This is the
picture we shine forth to all the world of who and what we are.
To earn such an accolade is not difficult. It means
we live up to our personal best at all times.
When we are ill do we moan or do we speak our word
that we are whole and perfect and shine forth our smile of confidence?
When we are beset by financial difficulties is our
first move to borrow or sponge from our relatives and friends, or do
we seek financial counseling so we can put our problems to right and
fulfill our every indebtedness?
For every problem in life there is a proper
solution followed by every person of integrity and good reputation.
One area we often do not think about but which is
of immense importance is that of our quiet submission to a hurt for
which we are not responsible rather than to put another to the test
who is not ready for the test by their lack of admission of guilt. Can
we be still? Can we continue to be our loving selves under the most
intensively incriminating circumstances? Can we be above casting
aspersions in hope of regaining our apparent loss of good will and
The opportunity to stand up for our word, to stand
up for whom and what we are is given to every human being. How each
one of us stands up for the type of person each is indicates the depth
of the person and our real strength of character.
We can only ask ourselves whether another would
trust their life to us and would we be worthy of holding such a
treasure. If we can answer yes to such a glorious tribute, we will be
our own monument to a life well lived and nothing more ever need be
Whatsoever things are of good report think on these
things, for such is the kingdom of heaven. Whatever we momently have
in our thinking, speaking and acting reveals to us and to our world
the depth of our delight in living.
Perhaps more to come . . .