Monday, May 31, 2010


Zebra in the Barnyard • oil on canvas
What havoc will the zebra, who claims to be just one of the cows, bring to the barnyard?

LIFE.  Warren Buffet said, "Look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don't have the first, the other two will kill you."

How true is that!  All three are qualities to look for in other people, but if integrity is missing then their intelligence and energy combined with dishonesty will kill you for sure. Lack of integrity will certainly kill a relationship whether a marriage, a friendship or a business partnership. If you've been burned a few times in the past, then that experience carries forward into future relationships and you may become doubtful and distrustful of a person who is telling the truth. Integrity effects all and is so, so important throughout life. 

Dictionary Definition:
Integrity--the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.

  • Integrity in business. Partnerships and business deals are broken without it.
  • Integrity in marriage. Marriages dissolve without it.
  • Integrity in relationships. Friendships, brotherhood, sisterhood fail without it.
  • Integrity in architecture. Buildings fall without it.
  • Integrity in landscape. Trees and plants die without it.
  • Integrity in art. Colors become mud without it.
  • Integrity in politics. Is there such a thing?

Just as we need to seek integrity in others, we also need to seek integrity in ourselves. Today I am asking myself where integrity is absent in my life.  Are there areas of your life that are lacking integrity?

Today's Proverb(s):
The Lord hates cheating, but he delights in honesty. (Proverbs 11:1)  Good people are guided by their honesty; treacherous people are destroyed by their dishonesty. (Proverbs 11:3)  The Lord hates people with twisted hearts, but he delights in those who have integrity. (Proverbs 11:20)  Even children are known by the way they act, whether their conduct is pure and right. (Proverbs 20:11) 

Note: For some reason that last Proverb about children wants to be in a larger font than the others. I have changed that verse to the normal sized font several times, and each time it pops back up to the larger size. Proverbs 20:11 seems to want the emphasis.