I find the definition of integrity to be most interesting. The first meaning is the quality of being “honest and fair”, the second is of an “unimpaired condition”, and the third is the quality or state of being “complete or undivided”.
I like to think of integrity as armor. We face many challenges, or battles if you will, in our day to day lives and the right armor in any battle is crucial. Chinks in our armor weaken us and can lead to ‘spiritual rust’. Chinks may appear in the form of dishonesty, revenge, resentment, lack of forgiveness, bitterness, judgment. The list goes on.
Integrity and fear are close companions and one usually follows the other. Someone wrongs us, so we seek revenge. We feel threatened in our relationships or careers, so we use that as an excuse to lie or engage in behavior that violates our agreements or commitments. “I was only looking out for myself, they did it first”, we would say. Everyone does it, but justifications and excuses do not change the consequences or the damage we do to others, as well as ourselves, when we step out of integrity.
Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that’s right is to get by, and the only thing that’s wrong is to get caught ~ J C Watts
Any gain is temporary when we violate another, or do harm in any way. The boomerang effect of being out of integrity is major. It always follows us and eventually takes its toll. Lack of integrity leads many times to secrets, and secrets leave us vulnerable. We are not protecting or advancing ourselves when we practice or choose to lack integrity. We weaken and harm others, and primarily ourselves.
Doing the right thing is often the most difficult choice, but with every choice we make to be in integrity, we strengthen our armor. When you get up in the morning, check your armor – it will get you through the day safely.
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