The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

We’re used to celebrating the accomplishments of a star athlete as he or she stands on the Olympic stage, receiving the winner’s metal. And we are deflated when the same acclaimed athlete is discovered to be less than admirable when it comes to personal life and habits. It’s time to consider what should be celebrated: fleeting achievement or lasting integrity.

I know, my God, that you examine our hearts and rejoice when you find integrity there. (1 Chronicles 29:17)