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Personal Integrity

Psalm 119:1 "Joyful are people of integrity." I have ten governing values in my life. After God and family, “personal integrity” sits at number three. It reads… “Personal Integrity/Self Control/Discipline: This whole exercise of setting governing values is useless unless I stay true to those values. My actions are consistent with my values and goals that I set for myself. I am not perfect, but with each passing day I move closer to my ideal of perfection.” Since I set these over 20 years ago, I’ve constantly refined a system that flows from values to goals and eventually to habits. If I missed a work out or forgot my vitamins I would feel bad that I hadn’t acted with personal integrity that day. My actions didn’t align to my values. This past week has been completely nuts with late night and early morning calls with the US. My sleep has ranged from 3-5 hours so all my good habits went out the window. Funnily I have no qualms about it and have even enjoyed it to some degree. Though originally somewhat confused by this, when God led me to Psalm 119 this morning I suddenly understood why. People of integrity are indeed joyful, but alignment with Christian values means that all that matters is God, not your workout or your vitamins. “Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts.” So in the midst of crazy times, when everything goes out the window, if I protect that intimate time with Jesus and value Him, I’m totally guilt free and cherish life. Lord I could never say it enough. All that matters is you. If I can just get that right, everything else falls into its rightful place. Thank you for energizing me with joy in the midst of crazy tiring times. I love you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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