On behalf of the entire Spiritual Life Team, I invite you to spend a few moments in intentional positive thinking.
We have completed one quarter (10 days) of our commitment to 40 Days of Positive Actions!
Thank you for striving with us in this journey. I am grateful for each one of you.
How are you doing with daily acts of gratitude, kindness and positive thinking? I hope that you are noticing some changes in yourself. Perhaps you are like me and have experienced some challenges to focusing on being positive.
At times, I am sure that we all have lost focus. When this happens, gently direct your attention back to the positive. Remember that the more time you spend in positive thinking, the more positive your thinking will be. In addition, your individual positivity makes a difference for our community.
Our theme for this coming week is based on BCC’s second core value:
Act with Integrity.
We also suggest the action theme of Be Honest.
Integrity is compromised of honesty but also truth, congruity, sincerity, and consistency. It requires ethics, thoughtfulness, intentionality, principles, coherence and moral rightness.
How would you define or describe integrity?
Consider some of these quotes.
Integrity is doing the right thing even when it is difficult. Anonymous
Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not. Oprah Winfrey
Integrity, the choice between what’s convenient and what’s right. Tony Dungy
Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity. W. Clement Stone
I believe that we live with integrity when our beliefs, words and actions are congruent with who we say we are and who we are in actuality.
Integrity is the difference between just “talking the talk” and “walking the walk.”
I asked a group of our youth to define integrity. Here was one answer: “Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching and holding yourself accountable when you don’t do the right thing.”
Let’s hold each other accountable with our commitment to positive actions today and this week.
I am grateful for these moments of centering and for your participation.
If you would like some scriptures to consider, please continue reading.
The integrity of the honest keeps them on track. Proverbs 11:3a (The Message)
May integrity and honesty protect me for I put my hope in you. Psalm 25:21 (New Living Translation)
Observe those who have integrity and watch those whose heart is right because the future belongs to persons of peace. Psalm 37:37 (Common English Bible)
And now, dear brothers and sisters, let me say one more thing as I close this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned from me and heard from me and saw me doing, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9
When we live and act with integrity, we will have peace.
Blessings on our week ahead –
Rev. Stacey Nickerson
Director of Church and Community Engagement
Board Of Child Care of The United Methodist Church, Inc.
3300 Gaither Road
Baltimore, MD 21244
Enriching communities, one family at a time.