We live in an age where integrity has been replaced by deceit. We don’t have to dig too deep to find deceit in government branches, our politicians, sports stars, news stations, even religious organizations. Deceit has become the modus vivendi for many. But, integrity issues are not limited to headline news or those things going viral on the internet.
What ab…out those little things we let slip through the cracks? You know the item not charged at checkout but we say nothing; the two newspapers taken from the stand but we only paid for one, that exaggerated job interview, the secret told us in confidence that we share, those unpaid treats we nibble at the store, our excuses to cover a mistake.
There is no such thing as petty integrity offenses. Integrity is a way of life. It means doing the right thing at ALL times and in ALL circumstances, whether or not anyone is watching. It means that our words, actions, deeds and thoughts demonstrate integrity regardless of the consequences. Integrity isn’t self-serving, it is never inconsistent and above all is an advocate of truth (in all things).
“By this I know that you delight in me: my enemy will not shout in triumph over me. But you have upheld me because of my integrity, and set me in your presence forever.” (Psalm 41: 11-12)
“The Lord judges the peoples; judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness and according to the integrity that is in me.” (Psalm 7:8)