Recently, I was struck by this story from Dr. Chuck Swindoll's book "Strengthening Your Grip." It illustrates a very vital point for all of us in this journey called "life."
"Some time ago, I heard about a fellow in Long Beach who went into a fried chicken franchise to get some chicken for himself and the young lady with him. She waited in the car while he went in to pick up the chicken. Inadvertently, the manager of the store handed the guy the box in which he had placed the financial proceeds of the day instead of the box of chicken. You see, he was going to make a deposit and had camouflaged it by putting the money in a fried chicken box. The fellow took his box, went back to the car, and the two of them drove away. When they got to the park and opened the box, they discovered they had a box full of money. Now that's a very vulnerable moment for an average individual. He realized there must had been a mistake, so he got back in his car and returned to the place and gave the money back to the manager. Well, the manager was elated! He was so pleased that he told the young man, 'Stick around, I want to call the newspaper and have them take your picture. You're the most honest guy in town!' 'Oh no, don't do that!' said the fellow. 'Why not?' asked the manager. 'Well,' he said, 'you see, I'm married, and the woman I'm with is not my wife!' "
INTEGRITY. Big, life-and-death issue. How appearances can deceive! You see, on the surface, we may show signs of integrity, like returning money that's found or being faithful attending or giving to church. But If we are to tell everything about our lives, would we be willing to really get honest and tell everything 100%?
"He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion." (Proverbs 28: 13).
Are you sheltering a "secret sin?" Reach out for someone who can help you restore your integrity. God may surprise you with His healing and blessings.