While searching for a gift to acknowledge our young friend's recent graduation from West Point, I ran across this little dresser/desk box. The box's inscription reminded me of the excellent book I am currently re-reading by Charles Colson, The Good Life, and an incident he related concerning integrity.
A marine at Camp Lejeune once asked him, "Is loyalty or integrity more important?"
Mr. Colson comments, "I had to reflect, ruefully, that the truth is so far more important than loyalty."
His answer to the young marine was, "Integrity is...and I wish I had thought of that long ago when I had been a part of the Nixon administration."
I've included that little vignette inside Walter's graduation card, along with the INTEGRITY box and a devotional book by John MacArthur, From Ordinary to Extraordinary. (What is there about me that I cannot give a gift without including a BOOK?)
Thankfully, Walter's life thus far has reflected godly character. We are so very proud of him. Closing our card to him with these words, "Stay attentive to God's presence, dear boy," the admonition struck a chord in my heart...for it is the only way for me, for Walter, for anyone...to maintain a life...one lived with truth and integrity.