In the year 1927, in the small town (pop. 950) of Patterson, Pierce County, Georgia, a band of Baptists set out to erect a new church. When it came time to break ground and lay the foundation cornerstone, all were in agreement. Lester Dixon, who was there that day, who would later become the ordained minister of the church recalled, “We wanted a firm foundation, one that hell itself could not shake.” They found it at an abandoned grist mill that had served the community in former times—a one-ton, circular, grind stone.
It became the church cornerstone, and the church still stands. Membership has grown from a few dozen to several hundred. Three times they have expanded the sanctuary.
The cardinal virtue of integrity is to persons, professional practitioners, businesses and organization as the old millstone is to Patterson Baptist Church. It forms an impregnable underpinning, one upon which all advantages ultimately rest. Among them: trustworthiness and reputation—loyal friends, customers, and clients—confident owners and shareholders—magnification of the name, brand, products, and good works.
Where approved and confirmed, a foundation of integrity encourages doing the right thing, at the right time, for the right reasons. It means we deliver as promised, when promised, in the manner promised. The lie, hypocrisy, and expediency are put to flight. Alluring temptations have little chance. Impeded is the ill-advised compromise.
How firm is your foundation?