Faith…Integrity

“A man of integrity has genuine qualities, putting right above wrong, making pleasant melodies.”

A man of integrity is a hard man to find

Worth more than precious stones according to their kind

A man of integrity is a rarity these days

Like finding a needle in a haystack in life’s maze

A man of integrity has genuine qualities

Putting right above wrong making pleasant melodies

A man of integrity obeys his father and his mother

A man of integrity gets along with his sister or brother

A man of integrity loves being a man

He loves who he is and thanks God for His plan

A man of integrity does not put garbage in his mind

A man of integrity manages what he does with his time

A man of integrity does good in school

A man of integrity follows the golden rule

A man of integrity allows God to rule his thoughts

A man of integrity does not fight battles already fought

A man of integrity is a virgin until marriage

A man of integrity helps out with the baby carriage

A man of integrity takes care of his body

A man of integrity knows how to say I’m sorry

A man of integrity is 100% man

A man of integrity thinks he can

A man of integrity is not afraid of correction

A man of integrity will offer his protection

A man of integrity is not afraid of evil

A man of integrity is waiting for Jesus’s sequel

A man of integrity has faith of a mustard seed

A man of integrity is slow to anger, and not mean

A man of integrity knows how to love his wife

A man of integrity for her will give up his life

A man of integrity knows how to read

A man of integrity does good deeds

A man of integrity defends, protects, and serves

A man of integrity is gentle like a bird

A man of integrity is a hard worker

A man of integrity controls his temper

A man of integrity does the will of his Creator

A man of integrity is majestic with splendor

A man of integrity knows how to forgive

A man of integrity knows how to live

A man of integrity gets his strength from above

A man of integrity has a heart filled with love

A man of integrity…

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”- 1 Samuel 16:7 (NASB)

Faith…Healthy Communication

Be aware of who you are communicating with and express yourself according to the type of relationship you have with him/her.

Communication has evolved through the years. Our ancestors didn’t have cell phones, fax machines, email, instant messaging, or video chat. These forms of electronic communication have connected humans in ways that were not possible for our ancestors. Yet, through all of the modern forms of human communication, nothing beats face-to-face communication. Now, for all the millennials out there, I’m not talking about face time on your phone, or any other form of video chat. I’m talking about being in the presence of a live human being in such a way that you can touch him or her.

In this form of communication you don’t hide behind a computer or phone. Face-to-face communication causes you to be aware of your surroundings. You wouldn’t have a full conversation with someone at a concert featuring a Symphony Orchestra, most people wouldn’t be quiet at a party, and when you are alone with someone you love, intimacy and transparency take place.

The question is…What does faith have to do with healthy communication? Healthy communication requires honesty, openness, and vulnerability. We must have faith that the person we are opening up to has our best interest in mind, won’t judge us, and won’t spread our business. Of course we don’t open up to everyone that crosses our path as there are different forms of communication based on the type of relationship established. Coworkers generally communicate facts and ideas, friends at school talk about the latest trends, and family members talk about everything. If we don’t trust the people we’re talking to then our communication will be limited to facts and ideas. The more we trust the person listening to us the more we will communicate our feelings, which is the deepest level of communication.

Healthy communication is being able to recognize when, where, and who to communicate thoughts, ideas, and emotions to. When we communicate the wrong things to the wrong people, confusion, awkwardness and embarrassment occur. As a rule of thumb, if we don’t feel safe expressing certain things to certain people then we shouldn’t feel compelled to do so.

“Be aware of who you are communicating with and express yourself according to the type of relationship you have with him/her.”