Yesterday (May 23, 2013) was the first time my license was taken for violating traffic rules. I was caught somewhere near SM Megamall going to St. Francis Shangri-La place for a birthday party. The traffic enforcer instructed me to park near somewhere not noticeable to the public. Then he asked me to give him my license and turn off my car lights. I was a bit oblivious to the situation and didn’t really know if I was really wrong. Later in the evening I thought that I wasn’t really wrong because the traffic light was green and just suddenly turned yellow. It wasn’t even beating the red light. I was so angry after what had happened. I felt defenseless and weak. I really had angry thoughts on that traffic enforcer. He was hinting a lot of things like: “Sir mahahassle po kayo kapag kinuha lisensya niyo. Ano po ba gusto natin gawin?” I kind of felt where he was leading in that situation but I just totally ignored it.
There are a lot of cases of corruption in our society and in our country. From big plunder cases to even minor corruptions on the road like this. If we ever want to see our country change then we should have integrity in all areas of our society.
What does integrity look like? There are a lot of ways to describe and define this word but based on my experience tonight the best way to look at integrity is this thought: “Choosing to be inconvenienced”.
Integrity will cause us to be inconvenienced most of the time! Example: In class, students sometimes cheat because it is the easy way out rather than being INCONVENIENCED to study hours, days, and weeks for a test. In businesses will we choose to go through all the tedious process and be INCONVENIENCED or will we pay somebody to get all our requirements ready in an instant without going through the legal way of things.
A few hours ago, there was a choice to be INCONVENIENCED to go back to Ortigas and pay 500 pesos to recover my license or just maybe a hundred pesos to the traffic enforcer so that I would have gone my way and forget about the whole ordeal. Thank God that with all I’ve learned from church about integrity it didn’t even cross my mind. I chose to be INCONVENIENCED rather than paying the system so that I don’t have to return anymore and go through long tedious process of recovering my license.
Proverbs 10:9 (NIV)
Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.
Proverbs 11:3 (NIV)
The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.
Choosing to live a life of integrity makes us secure with how we live our lives knowing that we have nothing to hide. On the other hand proverbs says that those who don’t have integrity are destroyed and found out. I wouldn’t want to be in that position.
I thank God for the grace he has given me to live a life on integrity. 🙂
What are the things in your life right now where God is telling you that you should be INCONVENIENCED for the sake of INTEGRITY?