I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted, but one thing that God has been challenging me in is the area of integrity. He has also been showing me how important it is. Most of this has been in connection with school and homework. It has frustrated me for the past year or so that some of my classmates don’t actually do the work to complete the assignments, they just make everything up and I’ll do all of the work and we will get the same grade. Of course they don’t tell the teacher this, but they often talk about it with me or other classmates.
It really bothered me, but I just kept telling myself that God saw the work that I was doing and that is really all that mattered. Also, I comforted myself with the knowledge that the hands on practice that I was getting at the time would benefit me later on and some of my classmates wouldn’t have that experience. But even knowing all of this it still bothered me how openly they talked about just making all of their work up or finding all of their answers in the back of the book. But then in class yesterday my teacher was telling us how important it is that we teach our students the importance of integrity and how integrity means doing what is right even if we don’t get a reward for it right away. I heard that and it just encouraged me to hear that the work that I put into my assignments is the right thing to do even though others can come up with the same level of work with out doing the hard work required. Later that evening I talked about it with my roommates and they encourage me even more with the following verse:
“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men,” – Colossians 3:23
As the above verse says we are to do our work for God and not for anyone else. I really appreciated them sharing that verse with me because I knew it, but hadn’t been thinking about it.
If you read this post thank you for reading my ramblings and I hope that it encouraged you to always do the right thing even if nobody else sees.