September 19 – A Treasure of Truth

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How Do You Sign Your Name?

“If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.” –Alan K. Simpson

Most people use the word “sincerely” just above their signature to close out their correspondence. The origin of this practice stemmed from the phrase “sin cerely” which meant “without wax.”

Ancient sculptors and artisans would use wax to conceal defects in their work. If a sculpture had an exposed fracture, then wax was used to cover up the imperfection. Therefore, when someone signed “sin cerely,” in essence they were signing off on their documentation, having closely examined their correspondence. They were satisfied in what they said. There were no flaws, defects, or errors – they were sincere (no need to use wax).

Can you honestly write “sincerely” in the letters of your life?  At the close of this day will you be able to say that you were honest, thorough, and genuine?  Does your family, ministry, career, finances, or relationships suffer from your insincerity? Jeff O’Leary said, “Sign your work at the end of each day. If you can’t do that, find a new profession.”

In order to sign “sincerely” above your name, you will have to constantly and continually evaluate your motives and intentions.  You will have to strive for excellence as you depend upon the Spirit of Christ. Proofread your life, edit if necessary, and close this day “sincerely.”

Daily Reading: Ezekiel 46-48

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