Integrity: Firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values. The quality or state of being complete or undivided.
A house divided against itself cannot stand.
Currently we are sending our children some very mixed messages. We tell them bullying is wrong when they see adults bullying other adults regularly.
We tell them that God is all powerful when we allow money to empower the wealthy.
We tell them that they should not lie while we lie in front of them, to them, about them, and because of them.
We tell them that a person is nothing without integrity while showing no unity of purpose other than failure.
We have lost our firm adherence to our moral values and we are no longer a complete and undivided people and our children are suffering because of our lack of integrity.
Truth: Fidelity, constancy; sincerity in action, character, and utterance.
It is not difficult to tell the truth because your words do not waiver nor do they contradict what you choose to do.
Our children hear us say one thing but see us do another. We say we love them but we allow them to suffer in a system of education that has wrought nothing but failure for decades.
We say we would change the system if we could, when we can, but we don’t.
Honor: Good name or public esteem; a showing of usually merited respect.
Though respect is always deserved, honor is not. Everything that God creates deserves respect, but honor must be earned.
Our children do not honor us because we have not earned a place of honor in their hearts. We have not shown them the respect they deserve and we have not shown ourselves respect by having integrity and being truthful.
Adults are role models for all children. They emulate our behaviors and adopt our coping strategies.
We must begin to model the values we desire in our society, integrity and truth, so that our children will honor us and they will grow to be honored by their children.
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