July 14, 2022 • Life for Leaders
Scripture Reading – Psalm 101:2-3 (NRSV)
I will walk with integrity of heart
within my house;
I will not set before my eyes
anything that is base.
For the Christian, integrity is essential in every part of life, including our daily work. With God’s help, we can live as whole, consistent people in whatever situation we find ourselves. One way we can maintain our integrity is by paying attention with our eyes and our hearts to that which is good and glorifying to God.
Gracious God, today I am reminded of the importance of walking with integrity in all I do. I should do this within my house, as the Psalm says, but also in my public life, including in my workplace. Help me to act at work in a way that is consistent with you and your righteousness. Help me to honor you in all that I do and say as I am working.
When I am tempted to split off from you, when I’m tempted to divide my heart, help me to remain solid and unified. Lead me not into temptation but deliver me from evil. May I be wholehearted in my service to you in every part of life.
Lord, this Psalm also reminds me not to set before my eyes anything that will turn my heart away from you. Sometimes I can indeed set my gaze upon things that are only for my own pleasure and glory. I can be drawn to things I know to be wrong. Help me not to set my eyes upon such things, both my physical eyes and the eyes of my heart. May I focus instead upon you and your blessings. May I set my heart upon that which gives you pleasure.
I know, Lord, that there is a connection between what I set before my eyes and what’s in my heart. So, may what I take in with my eyes bolster the integrity of my heart. May I be able to pray with the psalm writer, “Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire other than you” (Psalm 73:25). Amen.
Ponder Throughout the Day
With God’s help, I will live with integrity of heart today.
For Further Reflection
Read all of Psalm 101.
You might also wish to read and reflect on Colossians 3:12-17.
Find all Life for Leaders devotions here. Explore what the Bible has to say about work at the unique website of our partners, the Theology of Work Project. Commentary on today’s Life for Leaders theme can be found here: Working in a Fallen World (Psalms 90, 101)
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Dr. Mark D. Roberts is a Senior Strategist for Fuller’s Max De Pree Center for Leadership, where he focuses on the spiritual development and thriving of leaders. He is the principal writer of the daily devotional, Life for Leaders, and the founder of the De Pree Center’s Flourishing in the Third Third of Life Initiative. Previously, Mark was the Executive Director of the De Pree Center, the lead pastor of a church in Southern California, and the Senior Director of Laity Lodge in Texas. He has written eight books, dozens of articles, and over 2,500 devotions that help people discover the difference God makes in their daily life and leadership. With a Ph.D. in New Testament from Harvard, Mark teaches at Fuller Seminary, most recently in his D.Min. cohort on “Faith, Work, Economics, and Vocation.” Mark is married to Linda, a marriage and family counselor, spiritual director, and executive coach. Their two grown children are educators on the high school and college level.