“The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.” – Proverbs 11:3
For more than four decades during the 1800's, Major General Thomas Sidney Jesup served as The Quartermaster General of the Army. Known as the "Father of the Quartermaster Corps," he was also a man of unshakable character and integrity.
One event that shaped his character occurred in 1811. As a young lieutenant, Jesup was appointed brigade quartermaster on the Mississippi frontier, under the command of Brigadier General James Wilkinson. General Wilkinson had a somewhat unsavory reputation. And it was perhaps inevitable that the principled young lieutenant would eventually clash with his rather unscrupulous commander.
While stationed at a cantonment in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Lieutenant Jesup got permission from Secretary of War William Eustis to come to Washington to settle his quartermaster accounts. However, by the time he actually arrived in the nation's capital months later, Jesup was informed by a War Department accountant that he would be personally charged for an item that rightly should have been charged to General Wilkinson.
The sum in question only amounted to $79.00. Still Jesup was incensed. Why should a junior officer be forced to pay for a senior officer's wasteful excesses? It should not matter if the latter happened to be his commanding general. Knowing this to be unfair, he referred the matter directly to the Secretary of War. General Eustis must have been impressed with Jesup's integrity and he sided with the young whistleblower.
Guard your good name and maintain integrity in all that you do. As a Christian, you carry Christ’s name with you and often your conduct is your witness. Today in prayer, thank Jesus for His Holiness and integrity and seek to follow Him in all that you do.
“There is no such thing as a minor lapse of integrity.” – Tom Peters
God’s Word: “Righteousness guards the man of integrity, but wickedness overthrows the sinner.” – Proverbs 13:6
By Peter Kennedy, Copyright 2014
They laid their palms before Him
Hosanna, King did cry
But do they really understand
The way that He will die
In trial and in suffering
Upon a cross of wood?
Dear Lord, my God and Savior
I praise you, as I should.
Not clothed in royal raiment
No crown was on his head
He came to us a servant
To die, but in our stead
To die for our salvation
That we might ever be
With angels and archangels
I too would cry Hosanna
Save me, my Lord and King
From that great sin redeem me.
I would your praises sing
And glorify forever
Your Holy blessed name.
Who reigns as King eternal
With Trinity, the same.
Sandy Davis, 2011, all rights reserved.