With the Summer Olympics right around the corner, the idea of sports and athletes seem to be at the forefront of many people’s minds. I love what John Wooden said about sports: “Sports do not build character. They reveal it.” Boy, that is so true. If you have ever participated in or been a spectator at a sporting event, I am certain you would agree. The key is to play with integrity.
Integrity is a word that we hear a lot these days, but do we actually know what it means? Integrity means wholeness, being consistent through and through. Living a life of integrity is what will enable us to be complete players in the game of life. This is when we integrate all of our beliefs and core values into everything we do. To play with integrity, we must be real with ourselves, others and God. You cannot live one way with one group of people and a different way with another. “God wants us to be complete players, maintaining honesty, fairness, decency and truth regardless of where we are or whom we’re with” (One Month to Live, 159). Trying to live a life to impress people is very difficult and takes a lot of time and effort. This is just the opposite of integrity. These people are living a fragmented life. The question we all need to ask ourselves is; do you want to impress people or influence them? Living a life of integrity is who you really are behind the mask, when no one is looking.
Living a life of integrity is not easy. However, God wants us to honor Him by being a complete player. He knows we will not be perfect, but God is willing and able to restore us, if we only come to Him and ask.
I am not an avid golf player, unless you count putt-putt, but I do know what the term mulligan means. A mulligan, for those you are not familiar with the term, means a do-over. Honestly, how many of us would not like one of those from time to time in life? You know those days, when you wish you could simply hit the pause button, rewind and start all over? Even though we do not have the ability to do that. As Christians, we are given the chance to start over, have a mulligan everyday. God graciously pours out His love and mercy upon us new every morning. So, whether you have had a bad day at work, messed up on a test at school or lost it with those closest to you, turn it over to God and He will give you a fresh start.
Questions to Consider:
- Draw a circle on a sheet of paper with eight pie pieces. Now label the sections with various areas of your life. Are you living our your core values in these areas of your life?
- Draw a smaller circle in the middle of your pie. This circle is to represent the place God needs to be in your life – the center.
- How would you rate your integrity? Are you the same at work as you are at home? Spend time with God today asking for Him to help you see the ways you need to change and the strength to be able to follow through.