God Thoughts from a Christian Writer’s Journal
Until I feel led differently I will be sharing with you musings from my journal as “A Christian Writer’s Journal.” I trust you will enjoy them, be stirred by them, and be heartened by them. [A link to journaling ideas]
The Courage of Integrity
You know how it is when you go to the doctor. Mine sends out an appointment reminder that says to arrive fifteen minutes before my scheduled appointment. I do not remember why I was at the doctor’s office, but I do remember arriving the required fifteen minutes early and waiting in the waiting room for some time “beyond” my appointment time, and then waiting again in the examination room. It reminded me of my Army days: ‘Hurry up, and wait.”
While I was waiting I contemplated a plaque on the wall, a picture of a hiker walking across a hanging bridge into the oblivion of a snowstorm. The plaque was titled The Courage of Integrity.
Integrity can be defined as sound and sincere honesty with oneself and others.
The Integrity of Godliness
It seemed the point being depicted by the plaque was that courageous integrity presses on in the face of adversity.
I would focus that concept a little further for the Christian: Courageous integrity is pressing on in godliness in the face of the pressures and expectations of others, of our culture and society at large. Integrity is choosing right rather than doing wrong, ethics over convenience and truth over popularity. Another way to express the latter is choosing truth over acceptance. The plaque also included a further caption indicating that the choices a person makes is the measure of their life.
I have to ask myself, what is the measure of my life? Is my life marked by courage with integrity?
Writing Counter to Today’s Culture
For my part, my primary concern is not how others measure my life. My primary concern is how God measures my life. Someday when I strand before Him will I bow in shame or hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant”? In other words, am I living to please people or to please my God?
It seems to me as a Christian author that I must have the courage of integrity to write counter to the culture when the culture runs counter to the truth of the Word of God. What are your thoughts on “The Courage of Integrity” for the believer and for the believing writer?
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