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Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man.
Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice.
Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever.
He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes.
He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor, his righteousness endures forever; his horn will be lifted high in honor.
—Psalm 112:4–9

The Power Of Integrity

People pay attention when our actions match our beliefs
by Jerry White

In the early days of jet aviation, Boeing and Douglas Aircraft were competing for sales to Eastern Airlines, headed by the famed aviator Eddie Rickenbacker. He told Donald Douglas that their specifications for the DC-8 were close to Boeing’s in everything but noise suppression. Then he gave Douglas a last chance to out promise the competition. After consulting his engineers, Donald Douglas told Rickenbacker he could not do it. Rickenbacker replied, "I know you can’t. I wanted to see if you were still honest. You just got yourself an order for $135 million. Now go home and silence those jets!"

Doesn’t this story make you wish you had known Douglas and Rickenbacker? Aren’t you stirred by the account of a good man who stayed good amid tremendous business pressure? The impact of this story flows from this single truth: Incredible power exists with one who has a blameless reputation and practices integrity. . .

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Jerry White

Jerry White, Author, Jerry White serves with The Navigators as President Emeritus and Chairman of the U.S. Board of Directors. Trained in the field of astronautics, he taught at the Air Force Academy and worked in various positions in the American space program. He earned his Ph.D. in Astronautics from Purdue University in 1970. He served 13 1/2 years active duty with the Air Force, 24 years in the reserves, and retired from the Air Force Reserves in 1997 as a Major General. Jerry has authored several books, including Honesty, Morality & Conscience and Dangers Men Face, Making Peace with Reality: Ordering Your Life In A Chaotic World and co-authored a nationally recognized textbook on astrodynamics.


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