At the time Christ walks on this earth, the Roman Empire has conquered the greater part of the civilized world.
The Romans love statues and use them as decorations in their homes and gardens. As a result, many sculptors use different tricks to repair nicks and scratches on their sculptures.
One of the most commonly used is wax. Rub it over the statue, filling in the slight flaws. This goes over well, until some of their buyers catch on to what these dishonest sculptors are doing.
Before long, every sculpture must go through a “sun test” before it is purchased; where it is taken into the warm sunlight and left there for a period of time. You already know what happens: the heat of the sun softens the wax, allowing the flaws in the statue to be seen. Result? The dishonest sculptors are no longer trusted, and no sales.
We chuckle about this but do we, today, need to have ‘sun tests’ made on our own lives/ I think about my own life, and my words
Crazy little things, little flaws that don’t matter . . . or do they/
I think of one I hear all the time…
I invite a friend over for coffee or a meal. It is getting close to the time we agreed upon and I phone their cell to see if traffic is creating problems. Their response is: “No, don’t worryll We are almost there …” Later, I learn they were just getting ready to leave their home, when I called.
A simple thing? Yes. But a flaw.
So many things we say in “polite society” that are not true.
Another one is ‘How are you?” “
The answer is normally a smile and “very well, thanks.” We can be sick, heartbroken, but we cover it over with a “very well, thanks”.
I’ve learned if I’m not very well, I can come up with other answers. One is a laugh and a smile with a question: “Do you really want to know?” That usually gets a laugh and they don’t ask the question again.
Am I being nit-pickety? ( That means am I making a mountain out of a mole-hill?)
Is this “little stuff” that important?
I believe it is. When we become sloppy about handling the truth with little things it can lead to us mishandling the truth with bigger things in our life style at home or in the business world.
The word integrity is based up the root word “integral” which means the whole.
My integrity is based upon my words, my life (do I purposely do things to cause others to believe I’m more important than they are?) Or am I sloppy in the way I handle finances? Do I pay my bills on time? If I borrow money from someone, do I pay them back when I promised? When I promise something, do I make that a priority? Whether to my spouse, child, family, friend or in a business relationship?
Remember, the whole is made up of a mosaic of small actions. When we concentrate on those small actions and our use of words, the whole takes care of itself.
I want to honor my God with my life. If I don’t walk in integrity, I am not showing love for Him nor for others.
This is a tough one. How do I weigh out on the scale of integrity?
2 Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.
3 We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. 4 And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. 5 In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches.
But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. 6 And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.[b]