“Then the other administrators and high officers began searching for some fault in the way Daniel was handling government affairs, but they couldn’t find anything to criticize or condemn. He was faithful, always responsible, and completely trustworthy.”
While reading the story of Daniel this morning during my quiet time, I identified three important characteristics that shout “Integrity.”
To give you some context: Daniel was a man of high integrity and King Darius knew it. So he placed Daniel over the entire 120 providential regions; similar to the role of Prime Minister. This was because the King noticed three important qualities in Daniel. The King noticed…
1) Daniel was Faithful: He was loyal. He did what the king requested. He didn’t gossip against or behind the kings back. He was faithful!
2) Daniel was Responsible: He followed through on his job and responsibilities. He was a tremendous administrator and very organized. He made sure all the I’s were dotted and the T’s were crossed. He was very timely. He could be counted on. He was responsible!
3) Daniel was Trustworthy: He was honest as the day is long. He was not sneaky. He was not a liar. He was a man of impeccable character and integrity. His motives were pure. His word was his bond. He was trustworthy!
Can you say the same things when you examine your own life? Do you cut corners? Do people trust you? Are you faithful? Are there blind spots that need to be addressed? Like Daniel—are you Faithful, Responsible and Trustworthy?
Truth be known, each of us can make progress in these three areas of our lives. Remember, integrity is never about perfection—however, it is about authenticity.
Make a commitment today to be a person who is “Faithful, Responsible and Trustworthy”—then keep moving forward. You won’t regret it.
Be Worth Being,
Kevin Burrell has worked in professional baseball as both a player and MLB scout for the past 38 years, and currently serves as an area scouting supervisor. Kevin was drafted in the 1st round of the 1981 free agent amateur draft (25th selection overall), and played ten years of professional baseball with four different organizations. He and his wife, Valerie, live in Sharpsburg, Ga.
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