Proverbs 22:1 – A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
What do people think when they hear your name? Do they think, “Oh, that person is always so trustworthy and faithful; they always do the right thing?” Or do they think, “Watch out for that person. You never know what they’re going to do?”
You might say, “Oh, I’m a pretty good person. I do the right thing most of the time.” But understand it’s the little foxes that spoil the vine. You can veer off course just a little bit, and before you know it, you’re miles away from your destination. Don’t allow the little things to keep you from your destiny; choose integrity – even when no one is looking. For instance, you might need some paper at home, but you shouldn’t take supplies from the office. Or, you might be running into a store for just a minute, but don’t park in the “no parking” zone that would inconvenience others. Sure, you might need a few extra bucks this week, but if the lady at the supermarket makes a mistake and gives you back too much money, that’s not God’s provision; that’s a test of integrity. If you’ll be faithful and choose integrity in the little things, it will be a great treasure in your life. God will pour out His blessing on you as you honor Him in every big and small way.
Father God, today I commit to live a life of integrity. I choose a life of excellence and ask for Your hand of favor. Show me any area that is not pleasing to You so that I can continue to grow and increase in You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.