- Written by Karen Sammons
I was blessed to speak in Palmerston North this month on living transparently. It’s something I feel strongly about, how can we truly claim to worship a holy God if we live our lives in the shadows? And if we are living our life in the shadows, what good does hiding do? After all, God sees everything anyway!
Are you the same person at church on a Sunday that you are at school or work on a Monday?
If someone introduced you to a new person, would they be able to truly describe you, or just what they think they know?
Are you living your faith with Integrity? And what does that mean anyway?
According to Dictionary.com, integrity is a noun that means adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.
I like to live my life based on God’s moral compass, I try to avoid things that will cause me physical and mental harm, though while pizza may hurt my body; it makes my brain happy! I want to be someone people know they can trust; that I won’t say or do anything that may intentionally do them harm; but above all, I want to be known as honest. This means I am living a transparent life, I don’t hide in the shadows, I am who I appear to be, loud, to the point, no corners cut!
Sometimes this doesn’t work well for me, but I’d rather have a target on my back because I won’t give up my kingdom values, than fold to the will of others who would guide me in the wrong direction.
So I guess today I want to know where does your compass point.
Are you hiding something that should be taken care of, and if so, who can you go to for help?
I’m praying as you read this you’ll be open to God pointing changes out that need to be made, and that he’ll be your first stop in becoming transparent, don’t forget, your youth leader, corps officer and even me, are all available if you need to talk.
God has big plans, what do you need to do to be ready?