UPLift: Integrity of character in short supply

IntegrityHere’s the lesson: Let’s not be so busy with our own tasks that we miss the needs of others.

Here’s the illustration: Postman walks right by dead man. There’s even a short quatrain in it for you.

If you’re a person of faith, you’ll likely enjoy this prayer, in verse form, “Before the Earthly Waters Cleaved.” Here’s the first of four stanzas:

Praise to you, O God, who gives
In Christ all spiritual blessing, lives
Within our hearts, and guides our feet
To where the Savior and sainted meet.

Next Wednesday, what quickly became one of my favorites pieces, written yesterday while the Internet was down, will get sent to the Cloudburst Poetry list. The poem will be available only through the list. (I explain why that is here.) So let me encourage you to join that list. It’s not as chatty as the UPLift list, once a week max.

I found this incredible quote the other day, a wonderful testimony to Christian integrity.

Consistency is supposedly the hobgoblin of small minds, but what is it but a component of integrity? One we all need. Honesty comes in here as well. These are in short supply, so the phrase of the gospel preacher above sounds almost cocky. But he sounds more like the apostle Paul.

I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith! Finally the crown of righteousness is reserved for me. The Lord, the righteous Judge, will award it to me in that day — and not to me only, but also to all who have set their affection on his appearing (2 Timothy 4.7-8 NET).

(Just here, if you’d been a subscriber to the UPLift email list, I would have passed to you a (nearly) secret link of a work of mine that nobody has yet seen, and may never, wink, wink.)

Finally, this thought from the @yourdaytoshine Twitter account, which we’ve not shared elsewhere:

Brightly, Randal with UPLift/YourDaytoShine.com

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