When the Religious Society of Friends, the Quakers, established themselves in the world of business, they did so by gaining a reputation for integrity. The products they made and sold, and the services they provided were underpinned by the Quaker ethic. Words on their website read, 'We have a long tradition of making every effort to keep the promises we make, including on price, delivery or quality.'
As we go through life, we may be occasionally disappointed or feel let down by the actions or behaviour of others. But we are far from perfect ourselves. We may rebel against the work ethic, the burden of daily routine, time keeping, and all the other responsibilities and social obligations of life. Yet, often we little appreciate how much our own wellbeing and the quality of our own lives' rests on the diligence and integrity of others. Whether it's the food that's brought to our tables, water that flows from our taps, or the roads and transport systems we use, our lives depend on the efforts and commitments of people who take their responsibilities seriously. It can often be a revelation to discover that the greatest satisfaction may come from completing a job well done especially if it's in the service of others.
At our chapel, on Sundays the importance of faith Is often stressed. We acknowledge our belief in God and the teachings of Jesus. We know however, that ultimately, we will be judged by the way we live our lives. It's what we say and do that matters. Jesus said:
Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
I believe that this is not to become impossibly saintly, if ever that were possible. Realistically, our challenge should be, that in the course of our daily work, we might remain mindful of our calling and that in all our dealings we should practice integrity. Like the prophet, Micah, we should act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.
My best wishes as always,