“Character is the only secure foundation of the state.” –Calvin Coolidge
I Had a professor in college who would always remind us just before an exam, “I am giving two tests today: One will be in the area of mathematics, the other in the area of honesty.” He would follow-up that statement by saying, “If you had to choose one over the other, I would prefer you fail mathematics.”
I supposed I learned just as much (if not more) from that statement as I did the entire course of trigonometry. He wanted us to succeed in the course, but he wanted us to do it with integrity and with honor.
William Boetcker said, “Men must be honest with themselves before they can be honest with others. A man who is not honest with himself presents a hopeless cause.” What value is there in having the best grade, the best job, the best retirement, or the best career if you have failed the test of integrity?
What test are you facing today? Whatever it is, there is another test at stake: It is the test of honesty. Work hard to make the grade, but make sure it is your grade that is recorded, not the hard work of someone else.
Daily Reading: Psalm 119:1-88
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