I recently enjoyed a good read sent to me by my son-in-law, Jeff. I really connected with the short article entitled
The author, Bradley J. Moore, encourages his readers to find a word ~
~ that is an appropriate descriptor of all the time and effort and passion one spends to integrate one’s faith into the day-to-day world. Although written to those in the business world, I believe it is an interesting challenge for anyone of faith to consider. What one word best describes how we live out our faith as teachers, parents, friends, electricians, dentists . . . you fill in the blank?
The article reminds me of a post I noticed recently on Facebook:
Let's see how honest FB friends are. . . . Leave a ONE WORD comment that you think describes me. It can only be one word. No more. Then copy and paste this on your wall so that I may leave a word about you.
When I first saw that post on FB, a word did come to mind -
. This innocent appeal could very well serve up a dose of
reality, quite difficult to swallow.
Seeking to find one word to express the integration of my beliefs into my daily world requires the answering of a few essential questions. Is there true integration of my faith across all areas of my life? Am I living a life of integrity or one filled with duplicity? Does my walk match my talk?
For me to find just one word to describe my life assumes that I live a life of integrity. Integrity is more than simply being someone who speaks the truth, although that is certainly a major element of its meaning. Living a life of integrity means that my life ~ the integration of my faith beliefs and my actions ~ is not divided, conflicting, or contradictory. What I say I believe is confirmed by my actions, aspirations, achievements and acquisitions.
The rub in finding a single descriptor comes when our lives are characterized by duplicity. The ancient Hebrews had an idiom that expresses the notion of living a life of integrity or duplicity.
Let your yes be yes, and your no be no.
In other words, let your
yes ~ what you believe, be the same as your
yes ~ how you live out what you believe.
The question in Mr. Moore’s article presupposes a foundation of integrity. One word ~ no contradictions, no opposing life styles, no duplicity. One word ~ a single descriptor that communicates how we allow what we believe on the inside to influence how we live out our lives on the outside. In essence, it is
faith gone public
What word are you?