I have the pleasure of teaching some pretty awesome middle schoolers. What I love the most about this age group is their fresh opinion and moldable spirit. Sometimes it can work for them and at other times against them. Today we talked about Integrity and what it meant and how important it was to have it. Some of my students didn't know what it meant, others had never heard of the term. At first I was shocked because I was introduced to the term in school by my 5th grade teacher. But this was also the teacher that introduced our class to acoustic guitar, the opera and science fairs with the internal organs of cows displayed all over our classroom. This same teacher taught us how to plan for the future by helping us fundraise all school year for a dinner for our parents that would be held in May. I actually think he was my best teacher. (Who knew he would teach me lasting principles about life?)
So I was shocked that some had never heard the term. But as I was driving home The Lord began to bring revelation to the forefront of my mind about this term.
This kind of truth is not learned as a word but as a form of many actions you experience from those around you. If someone did not have integrity when they interacted with you, you would not know either. You learned it first as an action, and then you responded to it. If you respected the person, you emulated their behavior. Later you learned that integrity was what it was called.
Wow! If someone did not show me by their actions, my morals and my honor would be endangered. The ability to respect others and choose right over wrong, just because it's the right thing to do might not exist either. Having a conscious and a fear for God might not have been fostered. I could have been that rude girl with no respect for authority or for myself. I could have been a liar and a cheater because no one told me my value and my purpose in life. All of these things and more aren't caught, they're taught. And You can't fake this either, you've got to be this in order to teach it to someone else.
I felt my responsibility as a teacher go to another level. Further, so did my life as a Christian. People will learn from what I live before them, not just by what I say.
Take time today and ask God what territory and what areas in life He has placed you in to teach others about integrity, about making good choices, even about who He is. Who's life will be lacking if you don't practice what you preach? Who's watching you and emulating you because they think you are great? You'd be surprised how many people are changing (or dying) because they know you. Think about it and then if need be, switch it up. You could be the brilliant teacher that molds a brilliant mind. After all, you're who you are because someone was something in your life.
Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life. Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put devious lips far from you. Let your eyes look directly ahead, And let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you. Watch the path of your feet, And all your ways will be established. Do not turn to the right nor to the left; Turn your foot from evil.
"For I have chosen him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice; in order that the LORD may bring upon Abraham what He has spoken about him."
Let these scriptures bless you!