How do you define integrity? Many people will define it in a plethora of ways. Some people define integrity as always doings what you say you will do. Others will say that integrity is matching the public person to the private person. Still others might say integrity is doing the right thing no matter how hard, costly, or devastating it might be. In our society we hold integrity with very high value.
Sadly, too often we have seen countless examples of people who were known for their integrity, but one misstep, one thoughtless action, one lazy moment caused the integrity they had worked so hard to build to be completely shattered. In the sports world the examples are endless … Jim Tressel of Ohio State, Joe Paterno of Penn State, Lance Armstrong, etc. It does not end with sports, we find the shattering of integrity in the news media, in our government, and sadly even in our pulpits. If the people we hold in high esteem cannot foster genuine integrity, how can we?
The answer is simple … a daily walk with Christ. A great beginning place can be found in the words of David in Psalms 101:2-3 … “I will be careful to live a blameless life-when will you come to help me? I will lead a life of integrity in my own home. I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar.” (NLT) I love this. Integrity begins in your own home, it is protected even when no-one is watching, it begins with the people you love and care about on the most intimate of levels. It’s owning up to your mistakes and never trying to hide something under a rug. It’s seeking forgiveness as soon as a realization is made of wrong doing. It’s growing daily in authenticity. That’s the key … integrity begins with a daily walk with Christ.
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