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Elise Eaton

on 18 March 2013

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Transcript of Integrity

Integrity? In his book, "Up from Slavery",
Booker T. Washington describes meeting a former slave from Virginia. In talking with me about this, the man told me that he knew that he did not have to pay his debt, but that he had given his word to his master, and his word he had never broken. He felt that he could not enjoy his freedom till he had fulfilled his promise." Finding that he could secure better wages in Ohio, he went there. When freedom came, he was still in debt to his master some 300 dollars. "I found that this man had made a contract with his master two or three years previous to the Emancipation Proclamation, to the effect that the slave was to be permitted to buy himself by paying so much per year for his body; and while he was paying for himself, he was permitted to labor where and for whom he pleased. Notwithstanding that the Emancipation Proclamation freed him from any obligation to his master, this black man walked the greater portion of the distance back to where his old master lived in Virginia, and placed the last dollar, with interest, in his hands. This former slave placed INTEGRITY above comfort, convenience and circumstance. So... what is "integrity" anyway? When REPUTATION equals CHARACTER (what people THINK you are) (what you REALLY are) Engineering term Webster's Dictionary:
the quality or state of being complete or undivided In the engineering business integrity is the term used to describe a building's strength and intactness. As you look around at the structure that you are in right now, you probably see many things - walls, ceiling tiles, carpet, windows, etc. Do you see anything that has something to do with the strength of the building? You are trusting in the unseen strength of the building around you - the wood studs behind the paneling, the beams hidden by the ceiling, the solid flooring underneath the carpet. Integrity is the superstructure inside you that makes you strong and able to stand a battering storm. It is the character quality that makes you dependable. The Queen Mary After a long and distinguished career that spanned 40 years, the ship was retired to Long Beach, CA to be restored as a hotel and museum. The project included removing three huge smokestacks by crane to be scraped and repainted. The crane was attached, the foreman gave the "go ahead" signal, and the smokestack began to rise. Suddenly, the smokestack disintegrated into hundreds of pieces, and the workmen ran for cover. The process was repeated for each smokestack, and each one disintegrated in the same way. Upon inspection, it was discovered that the 3/4 inch steel plates that had made up the smokestacks had rusted away over the years. All that was left were several layers of paint. Integrity is the unseen steel plate behind your nice paint job. Unfortunately, most of us spend more time developing our paint, wallpaper, and carpet than we do our inner strength. What's under your paint job? Then they said to the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, Your Majesty, or to the decree you put in writing. He still prays three times a day.”
When the king heard this, he was greatly distressed...
Daniel 6: 10-14 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help. So they went to the king and spoke to him about his royal decree: “Did you not publish a decree that during the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or human being except to you, Your Majesty, would be thrown into the lions’ den?” The king answered, “The decree stands—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.”
So these administrators and satraps went as a group to the king and said: “May King Darius live forever! Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.
At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent.
Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.”
Now, Your Majesty, issue the decree and put it in writing so that it cannot be altered—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.” So King Darius put the decree in writing. The royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers and governors have all agreed that the king should issue an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or human being during the next thirty days, except to you, Your Majesty, shall be thrown into the lions’ den.
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