DayBreaks for 10/25/13 – What Price Integrity?
Romans 12:17 (NLT) Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable.
“It is well known that hospitals charge for medical supplies far in excess of what the products would cost at drug stores, but an August New York Times investigation of “saline drips” vividly demonstrated the disconnect. Though Medicare reimburses $1.07 for a 1-liter plastic bag of salt water (supplied by a subsidiary of Morton Salt), White Plains (N.Y.) Hospital charged patients’ insurance companies like Aetna and United Healthcare $91 per bag. Other hospitals decline to charge per-bag, listing only “IV therapy” of, for example, $393.50 for hooking up the drip.” [New York Times, 8-27-2013 and News of the Weird]
I worked in the high tech business world for a long time. I understand that businesses need to make a profit in order to survive and provide living wages to employees so they can feed their families. And I also understand that unless someone has seen the inner workings of a business from the financial standpoint, that most people don’t realize all the hidden costs that companies must cover, and as a result, many people think that companies are ripping people off by what they charge.
And some are, as is fairly clear to me from the quote above. An expose in Time magazine about the costs in the medical field this year was a real eye opener!
What’s is this about? It’s not about castigating medical companies or businesses, churches or non-profits. God will judge each and every one some day. It is about us personally. At what price are we willing to sell our integrity?
People have been asked questions such as: “How much money would it take for you to mis-lead someone about your product?”, or “How much money would it take for you to be unfaithful to your spouse?”, or something along those lines. And as it turns out, rather shockingly, people seem to be willing to compromise their integrity for a lot less than one might expect.
What has happened to us? What has happened to me? When did our integrity get put on the market for money? Sometimes it isn’t even money – just a bit of undeserved recognition because we’ve not been fully honest, a bit of praise or fame. Even just a bit of attention!
Integrity ought not to have a price tag. What we give up to gain a few dollars isn’t worth it. Don’t give up your integrity in order to sign that deal, to make a few extra bucks, or to create a false image of yourself. Let your integrity be inviolable. If you lose your integrity by shady dealing, it will come home to roost and you will be left in shame.
PRAYER: Jesus, You never compromised in the slightest in order to gain some advantage. Help us to believe that maintaining our integrity is always the best pathway to choose, no matter what we are offered in exchange! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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