What is the single most important trait of a person who desires to truly make a difference in our world today? Integrity is our MOST valuable commodity! Some suggest it is insight, common sense, along with the ability to clearly see certain issues. Integrity is that state or quality of being complete, and it is freedom from corrupting influences or motives.
Integrity is that state or quality of being complete, and it is freedom from corrupting influences or motives. The thesaurus equates it with such words as honesty, completeness, and incorruptibility. "He who walks with integrity walks securely."
Each of us lives in four distinct spheres of life and influence; private, personal, professional and public.
INTEGRITY IS ROOTED IN ONE'S PRIVATE LIFE - Integrity is rooted in that private life we develop alone with God in that secret, hidden place. It stems from an inner code, not an outer promotion.
INTEGRITY IS REFLECTED IN ONE'S PERSONAL LIFE - Once integrity is rooted in our private life, it begins to be reflected in our relationships with those closest to us.
INTEGRITY IS REINFORCED IN ONE'S PROFESSIONAL LIFE - Integrity is reinforced on the anvil of personal experience and practiced in the marketplace. Our greatest opportunity to make a difference and engage our culture is out in the marketplace. It is imperative that, as Christians, we are men and women of integrity in the professional world around us.
INTEGRITY IS REVEALED IN ONE'S PUBLIC LIFE - Once we are thrust into the public arena, it is too late to look for integrity.
Solomon's words ring true today: "He who walks with integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his ways will become known."