MAGNA DEVOTION: Forgotten Value -- Integrity

There was once an Emperor from China who had no children and needed to choose a successor. After it was made known, thousands of children flocked the palace in the hopes of becoming the next leader.

The Emperor gave them seeds to grow and he will see the results after a year. The children eagerly planted and watered their seeds everyday, and some of them even boasted of how big their plants have grown. All but one kid named Lin. As much as he watered and took care of the seed everyday, he never saw it grew. After a year, the emperor called back all the children to see the progress of their plants. Much to Ling’s embarrassment, the Emperor called him to bring his barren pot. The Emperor held up the pot for all to see and the other children laughed.  Then the Emperor continued, “A year ago, I gave you all a seed.  I told you to go away, plant the seed and return with your plant.  The seeds that I gave you all were boiled until they were no longer viable and wouldn’t grow, but I see before me thousands of plants and only one barren pot.  Integrity and courage are more important values for leadership than proud displays, so Ling here will be my heir.”  

Integrity has been defined as “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.” It is also “doing the right thing even when nobody’s looking”. Others see a person with integrity “when the behavior matches the person’s beliefs”. From these definitions, it seems that integrity is an ingrained behavior to which all human beings are accustomed to doing. Turned out, INTEGRITY is a rare behavior that when somebody does something honest, we are taken aback. Even netizens will take the time out to have this behavior made known in different social networking sites to get the public’s attention, and the doer is rewarded in a lot of ways.
Hypocrites abound everywhere. They may be pleasant on the outside but their terrible behavior always emanates. If we change our ways and if we think about it, being a person of integrity can benefit us in a lot of ways: (1)We can walk closely with God, (2) We have constant peace in our hearts, and (3) We gain trust, respect, honor, and influence.

Our integrity is being tested everyday, regardless of the circumstances. It may be hard, but for a Christ-loving and upright person, doing what is right is one way of honoring Christ.