Voice of the Youths

Voice of The Youths Sunday – August 2021

Deacon Arlene Burton presents the prayer “Voice of The Youths – 3rd Sunday, August 2021”. Deacon Burton owns the copyright to this post. We reprint here with her permission.

Hi Everyone, we hope you are well. However, if not, please let us know by sending us your prayer requests

It is the third weekend in the month. The Lord wants us to give enough space for the voice of our youths, especially during these times of confusion and hopelessness. This can provide an avenue for encouragement, learning and healing. Today’s encouragement and prayer were done by Nackeemi Smith. Nackeemi is a first-year university student and the treasurer for Grace Youth Ministries (GYM).

Walking in Integrity

The word of God will always hold to be true. It stands in all circumstances and throughout all times. As I reflected in doing this month’s devotional, a Bible verse that sums up my experience is, “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.” (Proverbs 10:9, NIV). Therefore, we are expected to be transparent and accountable for our actions and thoughts.

I realised that decisions are frequently made in the corporate world, especially by business owners. Nevertheless, whether we fall in the category of employers or employees, we all have to make decisions daily. The consequences of those decisions that we make will impact our brand. Our brand can be business-oriented or based on an individual.

When I speak of an individual, I am referring to one’s personal brand. For example, I am working on the brand “Nackeemi”. It means that everything that I do will go towards my brand. How would you describe your brand? Simply put, a brand could be physically seen as a name, term, design, symbol, or any other feature that another person can use to identify you. When people see or hear the name Nackeemi, this will give rise to certain descriptive thoughts and understandings of who I am and what I represent.

Another point to note is, the Law of Motions teaches us that to every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Oftentimes, we make choices based on what we assume is happening in our present circumstances. We may act out of fear or in an effort to cover ourselves, not considering the consequences that could emerge. Or we may not consider the effect of our actions. We may not think about the impact on our brand nor God’s expectations of us.

As I reflected on the foregoing thoughts I now share with you a recent experience. I am currently pursuing experience as an intern with a law firm. Normally, I am up to par in getting things done and I am known for doing so. However, since working in the corporate world, I found myself making some mistakes in the process of carrying out my tasks.

I have been extremely hard on myself, but I am told that it is a learning process and my first time having an authentic experience of corporate life. After discussions with my confidants, I realised that some of my approaches could be enhanced. I took the advice and the mistakes have been drastically reduced.

However, recently I made a mistake that put me in distress. I was required to submit a document to the Court for signature but because I put the document in an unlabeled file, I did not realise that it was not sent.

A couple of weeks passed and queries were made concerning the document. I was asked if it was submitted. My response was a resounding yes. I was operating with the understanding that it was sent through our bearer. After digging, I finally found the document in a new folder by itself and then I came to the realisation that it was not submitted.

All sorts of thoughts started to crowd my mind, thoughts of whether or not I should disclose that I found the document. I thought of how best to handle the matter.

I didn’t feel good about it, so I spoke with my aunt Lilieth on the matter. She was genuinely disgusted with my thoughts, and she told me that I should present it to the relevant person as soon as possible. While conversing with my aunt, I realised that I was afraid of being sent home so the first set of thoughts was how to cover myself and protect my brand. If I had allowed my thoughts to get the better of me the situation would have been worse.

It is believed by some that integrity is doing the right thing when no one is watching. The fact is, even when man is not watching, the Lord is watching. The Lord taught through the book of Luke that everything in the dark must come to light. “There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.” (Luke 12:2-3, NIV).

There is nothing that we can hide from God because He is Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent. When Zaccheus, a tax collector, tried to get a view of Jesus he went up into a sycamore-fig tree. He was a short man in stature so that was his best view. Some may be of the view that he was hiding. The Lord saw that he was not just trying to get a view of Him but he was in need of a Saviour. The Lord knew exactly where to find him. He called out Zaccheus, a wealthy tax collector who cheated the people. He was convicted of his sins (Luke 19).

After reflecting further on my experience, I felt horrible about harbouring wrongful thoughts. I felt like not only did I disappoint my aunt, but I also disappointed God. The one who gave his life for my own. In trying to protect myself, I could have done the wrong thing, my brand, but the ripple effect could be that I tarnish my brand. I would not have been a good steward as He requires of me. I felt horrible. However, just as Jesus was willing to go to Zaaccheus’ home and receive him, so too is He willing and eager to accept us once we confess our transgressions to Him. After all, that was his purpose on Earth, to bear the sin that we have and save us.

Despite what we may think, it is always better to do the right thing than to do the wrong thing. The wrongful thoughts may come but there is nothing that we can keep from God. Anything in the dark will come to light, and everything that we do must be for the greater glory of God. If we are doing something that we are confident Jesus himself would not do, it is wrong.

Let us be reminded that though integrity is doing the right thing when no one is watching, God sees and knows all things. It is better to be a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.

Let us pray:

Thank You, Most Righteous and Heavenly Father, for Your everlasting love, grace, and mercy. Thank You for forgiving us of all our sins and unrighteousness, for helping us before we attempted to execute any wrongs. Lord, thank You for loving us so much that You gave Your only Son to die for our sins. We thank You for giving us the gift of Free Will.

Father, we come in the name of Jesus Christ asking that You forgive all of our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Lord, we are tempted daily, and the decisions we make will impact us, either positively or negatively. Lord, assists us in consistently making the right choices and guide us in everything we do. Grant us wisdom, knowledge, and understanding in all aspects of our lives so that everything that we say, and do reflect You.

Lord, we pray for our leaders in all spheres of life throughout the world (especially those in Haiti and the citizens of Haiti); those who are struggling in one way or another; the sick and shut-ins; those in hospitals and are about to do surgeries; those who are fighting to stay alive because of the Covid-19 virus and the medical teams. Lord, be with us and provide comfort, peace and provisions as the needs arise.

Lord, please help us to keep our eyes on You, to act with virtue, honesty and integrity at all times, to be candid, ethical, loving, and sympathetic in all our approaches. Even when we make mistakes. Father God, I pray that You will convict us when what we’re doing is not of You and that we should take responsibility, repent and curb our ways. Even so, have mercy on us, we ask in Jesus’ name.

Amen.


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