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Lights Out

Signing your name to something is often known as an endorsement. When you sign a check, you are endorsing it. By signing your name on the check, you are giving your word that there is money in your bank account to cover whatever amount is on the check. In life we endorse more than just checks. We can endorse people by giving them a written or verbal reference, or by slapping a bumper sticker on our car. We can endorse products by writing a review. When an accountant prepares your tax returns, he endorses the returns by signing them. When a person inspects your vehicle, that inspection sticker is an endorsement, stating that the car passed inspection per the state codes.

But what happens when one endorses something but it turns out to not be good? Often when a person’s word was trusted but found to be unworthy of trust, there is a loss of moral authority. This past week, I was on the bad end of a faulty endorsement. My family was blessed with a new van; however, the fellow that sold the vehicle promised to inspect it so it could have a fresh inspection sticker good for another year. I was happy and appreciative of the gesture. I was not happy a few days later; however, when I found myself being pulled over by a police officer for malfunctioning lights. They would have been checked with the inspection. What do you mean a few are out? How could that be? Today a different mechanic looked at the van and said he never saw anything like it. So many bulbs that weren’t working, among other items that would have failed with a state inspection. It was clear that I would never do business with the man that sold the van again. He lost my trust.

Integrity and moral authority are important; however, the world does not pay much attention to these items anymore. It is so often that one can lie and cheat their way to the top. We have accepted some sins as not-so-bad and traded the truth for a lie. We will endorse anything, not caring what it will do to our moral authority. Doing our best for God’s glory is put on the back-burner. Power, pleasure and possessions trump grace and truth. Today, remember God’s word reminds us we are not part of this world. We have a higher calling. Walk with integrity friends. You may be the only gospel a person reads. Point to Jesus.

“The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.” – Proverbs 11:3 [NIV]

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12:1-2 [NIV]

Dishonest Scales

Scales have a way to be leveled out to zero so that the weights are accurate. When doing business, you want to be sure that scales are zeroed out so that you are not overcharging or undercharging a person. When weighing yourself, you usually first check that the scale is on zero because you do not want any help adding more pounds to your weight.

Over the years, many people have done things to their scales to overcharge people. Extra weight was added to make it charge more. Gasoline pumps were configured to give less gasoline for the price. These things are actions of greed and God detests greed. The proverb continues to say that “he delights in accurate weights.” Accurate weights are true weights. They are honest weights. There is effort taken to be sure that they are accurate.

The person with accurate weights goes the extra mile to always ensure that the weights are accurate. They take the time because they are honest. They are of good character. They walk with integrity. The Lord delights in their honesty. The Lord delights in the Truth. Today’s a great day to check the scales in your life.

“The LORD detests the use of dishonest scales, but he delights in accurate weights.” – Proverbs 11:1 [NLT]

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