The Reward of Integrity


A man named Tom Smith, at the point of death, called his children and advised them to follow his footsteps so that they would have peace of mind in all that they did

His daughter, Sara, said, “Daddy, it’s unfortunate you are dying without a penny in your bank. Other fathers that you tag as being corrupt and thieves of public funds left houses and properties for their children; even this house we live in is a rented apartment. Sorry, I can’t emulate you. Just go, let’s chart our own course.”

A few moments later their father gave up the ghost.

Three years later, Sara went for an interview in a multinational company.
The chairman of the interview committee asked, “Which Smith are you?”

Sara replied, “I am Sara Smith. My Dad Tom Smith is now late.”

The chairman cut in, “Oh my God, you are Tom Smith’s daughter..!”

He turned to the other members and said, “This Smith man was the one who signed my membership form into the Institute of Administrators and his recommendation earned me where I am today. He did all these free. I didn’t even know his address, he never knew me. He just did it for me!”

He turned to Sara, “I have no questions for you, consider yourself as having gotten this job. Come tomorrow, your letter will be waiting for you.”

Sara Smith became the Corporate Affairs Manager of the company, a position which attracted two cars with drivers, a duplex apartment, and a salary of £100,000 per month, excluding allowances and other perks of office.

After two years in the company, the MD of the company came from America to announce his intention to resign; he needed a replacement. A personality with high integrity was sought for, again the company’s consultant nominated Sara Smith.

In an interview, she was asked the secret of her success.

With tears, she replied, “My Daddy paved these ways for me. It was after he died that I knew that he was financially poor but stinkingly rich in integrity, discipline and honesty.”

She was asked why she was weeping since she was no longer a kid to miss her dad badly so long after.

She replied, “At the point of death, I insulted my dad for being an honest man of integrity. I hope he will forgive me in his grave now. I didn’t work for all these, he did it for me to just walk in.”

Finally she was asked, “Will you follow your father’s footsteps as he requested?”

And her simple answer was, “l now adore the man. I have a big picture of him in my living room and at the entrance of my house. He deserves whatever I have, after God.”

Are you like Tom Smith?

It pays to build a good name. The reward doesn’t come quickly but it will come, however long it may take, and it lasts longer.

Integrity, discipline, self control and fear of God make a man wealthy, not the fat bank account.

Leave a good legacy for your children.

As a true agent of CHANGE, please share this true life story with your loved ones.

God bless us all.


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