• Dr. Ava S. Harvey, Sr.


June 10, 2021

“Pinky-toe Integrity”

The summertime season brings with it much time for play and fun. Each day seems an adventure that we look positively towards. New activities, things we’ve never tried before are number one on our to-do lists. No matter how new these activities are, we strive towards them and are up to the task. We ask very few questions regarding safety or measure how great the task. At times we don’t even contemplate the dangers. We are driven to have a great time. Have any of us noticed or would be honest to say, even when we do not have the best time at the activity, then when we are asked, we reveal we have had a great time. We look for ways to see things more positive and not have it seem we did all that for nothing.

As a child, some of us went swimming in the nearest available pool ready to enjoy the cool waters and get back to friends and family informing them what a great time we had. We tell how we dove in and found the water was cold. Others of us dipped our pinky-toe in to test the waters. Eventually, we get in the water cleverly dipping in until we are submerged and having the great times we anticipated. Spiritually, we believe we will have great times in heaven. However, with all that has to be done (salvation, giving up old life) we are not convinced we will have great times. In fact, we seem to want to test the waters before diving in. We dip our pinky- toes into the word and once we see the laws and precepts we contemplate if we can handle the sacrifice of coping with the different temperatures of the water (higher life). If we are living one way and now we have to give it up, the water is not at a comfortable enough temperature for us to be “all-in”. We play around in it unwilling to dive in. We study the word, attend church, some are called just to find we are not feeling this sacrificial higher life. God's promise of heaven is worth the dive. Some do not want that challenge. They have pinky-toe integrity. According to Meriam-Webster “Integrity” implies honesty, honor, integrity, probity mean uprightness of character or action. honesty implies a refusal to lie, steal, or deceive in any way. honor suggests active or anxious regard for the standards of one's profession, calling, or position. integrity implies trustworthiness and incorruptibility to a degree that one is incapable of being false to a trust, responsibility, or pledge. probity implies tried and proven honesty or integrity. When we reflect on our lifestyles and living, God’s ways, and the sacrifices we will have to make. It all seems not so doable and we opt out daily.

As we study Romans 8, living the higher-life is not a pinky-toe integrity experience. It’s all or nothing and grace and mercy at the same time. Let us resolve to let go of ur pinky-toe integrity and dive into salvation and higher living, We will be tempted and we will fail but isn’t that where grace, mercy, and forgiveness avail? Proverbs 11 reads 1The Lord detests the use of dishonest scales, but he delights in accurate weights. 2Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. 3Honesty guides good people; dishonesty destroys treacherous people. 4Riches won’t help on the day of judgment, but right living can save you from death. 5The godly are directed by honesty; the wicked fall beneath their load of sin.

6The godliness of good people rescues them; the ambition of treacherous people traps them.

Let us go on and dive into the word of God and sincerely seek His promises to live a higher life.

Rev. Lillian T Taylor, Chaplain

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