Recently I found myself in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA over the weekend.
It was a time for Team One to work out logistics for the trip and to get to know each other. We also had a couple of mentors with us.
The evening before we left, retired US Attorney David Iglesias spoke to us about being a man of integrity.
Mr. Iglesias shared a little of his story of being dismissed by the Bush administration for “performance related issues” even though he had received a positive performance review before he was fired.
He was given the opportunity to compromise but stood his ground and did what he believed to be morally right. And he was thrown to the cooker because of it.
Even though at first he did harbor a little bitterness, David told us that he had completely forgiven those who had wronged him.
What should I do in this kind of situation?
Mr. Iglesias challenged us by responding, “When faced with a morally challenging decision, always take the higher ground.” He said that in the end God will bless you because of it.
I have seen the opportunity for compromise tempt strong men. Some have given in. I have seen when I personally have taken the low ground and how I ended up regretting doing so.
I think the world would be a better place if we all did the hard thing and didn’t morally compromise ourselves.
My challenge to myself and also to you is to do like Mr. Iglesias said, to always take the high ground. I am grateful that the mentors we have for Kingdom Journeys are people of high integrity. Even though it’s not always easy, I am striving to always take the high road of integrity.