Selling Our Integrity
Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding. (Proverbs 23:23, ESV)
I recall when the kids were small and we were struggling financially; we received a coupon in the mail for a local amusement park. Checking out admission prices, I found myself sizing up my oldest. "Hmmmm, I wonder if we could pass her off as a six-year-old." I mused. Suddenly I was faced with memories of my own childhood; my mind drifted back to the summer of 1972.
There I sat in the back of our boiling hot station wagon, my four older brothers drilling me all the way to Disneyland.
"How old are you?"
"NO, today you are five, remember?"
"But, I don't want to be five again. Five is a BABY age. Babies don't go to school..."
"Listen, there are five of us and Mom can't afford to pay full price for all of us. If you want to go, you have to be five!"
I hated being the youngest. It seemed I changed my age more often than I changed my underwear. Not that I am judging my mom, mind you. She was a single parent raising five kids. I am amazed that she could afford to take us on as many adventures as she did. We all do our best with what we’ve got.
But, now it was my turn as the parent. I looked at the girls playing and realized that we could buy a loaf of bread and a gallon of milk with the money we'd save, but is that what my integrity was worth? I'd say not. Let’s be sure to live out each day in the Light of His Word, not compromising our testimony for a handful of change. The world—and our children—are watching.
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