(Proverbs 20:7 KJV) The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.
This verse makes me think of my father. One memory that stands out is his “integrity” (8537). He only had a high school education. Of course, that was in the day when a high school education meant something. He worked with his hands. He wasn’t the best manager of money. He was never even close to being rich. But he was as good as his word. It was hard for him to adjust to a culture that began to demand written contracts between people. He was used to bidding on a job and if the client said “yes,” it was a done deal. If the plans called for two pieces of steel, we might put in three. If the concrete was supposed to be 3 ½ inches thick, that was a minimum, not a maximum.
I believe he felt truly “blessed” (835) by his sons. He had four boys. None of us had any run-ins with the law or did drugs. All of us have come to serve the Lord. None of us have divorced.
I also feel truly blessed by my children. I hope that is one indication that I have walked in integrity.
So? Some things are long range investments. It is part of living by faith. We don’t see tomorrow what our investment in integrity pays, it may take generations. Start today. If you have not joined the Jesus Team, repent and turn to Him. If you have been lax, get off the dime and start practicing what He preached. Blessings on your future.