Proverbs 10:9 says that “The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.”
Do The Right Thing –even when no one is looking.
You see, a person’s true character is not determined by what they do or say when they’re in public- but its who they are when no one else is around.
Now we’re all aware of one of the greatest tragedies in world history- the sinking of The Titanic in 1912. But what most people don’t know is that while the ship did in fact hit an iceberg, that’s not the likely reason that it sank. Recent research has found that sub-standard construction likely led to the Titanic’s demise.
The real reason for the tragedy? Rivets. That’s right, Rivets- those tiny little pieces of metal that hold the panels of steel together. You see the analysis of these rivets have shown that shortcuts in their production caused them to fail when the Titanic hit the iceberg.
While I’m sure other factors contributed to this horrible event, the producer of the rivets played a big role in the loss of more than 1,500 lives. Now maybe manufacturer thought they could get away with producing a lower quality rivet, maybe making more profit, or taking less time to produce the high quality product –maybe they thought that in the end it wouldn’t matter and they wouldn’t get caught.
But by not doing the right thing, you can see, the results were tragic.
What about you?
Will you stay committed to doing the right thing, even when no one is looking?
Are you taking shortcuts or not producing your very best work because you don’t think someone will notice anyway?
And are you the same person, whether you are in public or home alone?
So I want to encourage you to do the right thing- especially when- no one else is looking.
When you do this, you will be applying the Truth@Work.
- 1What does this message say to you?
- 2Have you had any issue doing the right thing when no one is looking? What do you think makes this so challenging at times?
- 3How can you, or anyone, make sure that they are living an authentic life in all circumstances?
- 4Where can you look for more guidance on this topic?
Ray is also a highly sought after speaker at churches and retreats across America, where for years he has challenged followers of Christ to integrate their faith in and through the marketplace on a daily basis.He is also part of the speaking faculty for Orlando, Florida based “Man In the Mirror” ministry where he conducts seminars and retreats across the country.