A Matter of Perspective


Meanwhile, in other news....

I know, it’s hard to think of much else in the wake of this COVID-19 outbreak, but believe it or not, there are still things going on outside of it.

We still had our regular commissioner meeting on Tuesday, albeit, parts were by phone conferences.

We still had the Eagle Bend City Council meeting on Monday.

But a lot of things are shutting down, at least temporarily.

If you want to read about that, you can find several helpful articles in this issue of the Independent News Herald.

What I am going to write about now, is something that I think we all need to practice­—integrity.

I thought about this as I was driving along Highway 71 on my way to the commissioner’s meeting on Tuesday. There was very sparse traffic and I thought, “I could drive much faster than 60 mph and get there on time.” (I was running late.)

But then I thought to myself, if I say that it is okay to speed because there are few cars on the road and I probably won’t get “caught” speeding, that doesn’t make it right for me to do so.

I thought of it again when I was cleaning the office in Browerville. I thought, “I don’t really need to do a good job cleaning and disinfecting things because no one comes in here much anyway.”

But back to that integrity thing. I am expected to keep the office clean, even if it’s just me using it. Should someone come in, I want the place to look neat and tidy and be relatively “germ” free.

Little things, but, I think, important things, for you see, once we give up our integrity..we have given up a large part of what makes us humans.

Integrity means: adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty; the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished; a sound, unimpaired, or perfect condition.

I can choose to adhere to the morals and ethics that I was raised with, or I can choose to say that things don’t really matter right now, so I can do whatever I want.

As Christians, we need to be especially cognizant of the role we are playing in this pandemic.

We need to be seen praying. We need to practice integrity even if no one is watching—maybe “especially” if no one is watching. Because then we will know that we truly have integrity.

Be well!


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