You ask, what is Integrity? According to www.dictionary.com, Integrity is:
- adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.
- the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished.
- a sound, unimpaired, or perfect condition.
Integrity means to keep doing what you know is the right thing to do regardless of the consequences, doing what is right when no one is looking, going the extra mile or beyond the call of duty, ultimately knowing that God sees everything even if you think nobody else see’s or cares. It can be difficult to find people of integrity, because so many people make mediocre compromises, don’t do the right thing even when they know to do so, don’t strive for excellence in all they do, will not be honest at all costs, lack of doing what they would want or think someone should do to/with them if the rolls were reversed. They consider the consequences and let that make their decision. At work, such people take every shortcut possible in order to finish the task as quickly as possible, make them look good in spite of the shortcuts they took in the process, or be dishonest hoping to achieve greater results. Whatever you do now, even if it is hidden from others, will be brought out into the open and made public. God is faithful and His word is true, He is not mocked.
If you are wondering what integrity would be in a given situation in what you do or what you say, consider whether or not you’d be willing to do it in front of your boss, your teacher, your parents, or your pastor. If you have to hide what you’re doing to feel comfortable with it or wouldn’t want them to know what you really said, then that is a good sign it isn’t being said or done with integrity.
May I encourage you today to have integrity!