A Legacy Of Integrity
As followers of our Lord Jesus Christ, our reputation, our character, our trustworthiness, and our integrity must be above reproach.
As a young boy, I learned that one's word outweighed any written contract. You don't see this anymore, but my grandfather and my father would complete large business deals involving large sums of money with just a handshake. Their word was their bond. They had integrity.
Once my grandfather had several associates who had invested in one of his oil properties. For some reason that project did not develop as he had anticipated.
Although he was not legally obligated, he felt constrained to return their money.
In 1948, while on my way to Oklahoma for my December 30 wedding to Vonette Zachary, my dear wife now for over 53 years, I passed through the city of Okmulge where my grandfather had lived for many years. I had visited my grandparents there often. Suddenly, I remembered my need to purchase gifts for the wedding party and I stopped at a jewelry store.
Before looking for the items I wanted, I asked the owner if he would cash an out- of-state check. "I'm sorry, sir," he shook his head courteously. "It's against our policy."
"I understand," I said, and turned to walk out of the store.
He called after me, "Do you know anyone in this city?"
"No. My grandfather used to live here, but he's been dead for several years," I offered.
"What was his name?"
"Are you the grandson of Sam Bright?" The man asked with enthusiasm.
"Yes," I nodded.
"Sam Bright was the most honorable man I have ever known!" he exclaimed. "If you're anything like your grandfather, I will sell you anything in this store. And I'll take your check!"
I was moved by this experience. Although my grandfather had been gone for many years, he had left a legacy of integrity.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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