“If you don’t have integrity, that’s all that matters. If you do have integrity, that’s all that matters.” Those words by Craig Groeschel in his book, Altar Ego, say it best. In my 34 years of leadership, I can’t think of much anything else that is more important in every single area of life. Integrity or lack of it, will make you or break you.

IntegrityYou don’t have to look very far to find plenty of examples of people who lack integrity: business, sports, politics, clergy and all the rest. Dishonesty is so normal that people are often surprised by honesty.

So if the lack of integrity is obvious, what is true integrity? Here’s a simple definition that Groeschel gives, “Practicing integrity means that your behavior matches your beliefs.” I’ve heard other definitions like, “integrity is who you are when no one is looking.” The bottom line is that your life seamlessly forms a united whole. There’s not a public life and a private life. They match. What you say actually matches what you do. Your lifestyle is integrated.

CompassJust to make sure, personal integrity is not the same thing as your reputation. Your reputation is who other people think you are. Your integrity (or lack of it) is who you really are. Proverbs 11:3 says, “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.” That’s true. We’ve all seen it.

How much is your integrity worth? If you don’t have integrity, you don’t have anything, but if you have integrity, you have everything that matters.Integrity Definition

God intended you to be a person of integrity. To do this you must decide what your next step is if you are lacking integrity. What are you going to do to begin fully living your life of integrity? If you are living with integrity, then what are you going to do to maintain it?

QUESTION: What is one thing you practice to maintain integrity? Share it below.

 

3 responses to Integrity: All That Matters

  1. Jen Tapp on April 10, 2013 at 10:37 AM Reply

    May be my fave post from you to date! So well stated. We really need to go backwards to a time where these values were paramount, especially in the home. I don’t think we would see such discrepancies in the schools, work place, government, etc – if this was being modeled, taught/ caught, truly embraced. Sadly, it isn’t “just” a Christian value either. But the absence of integrity really reveals the “nature” of mankind – especially sans God.

  2. Ann Donnelly on April 10, 2013 at 8:16 AM Reply

    I just had this conversation with Dakota. I was explaining to him (which is I guess the thing I do) that what he learns as a child is beyond important. It’s not about cleaning or doing your homework or school work. It’s understanding that you have to have a sense of right and wrong and know you will do it even if it’s hard…and it will be hard, and if you don’t have integrity (like most people), if it isn’t easy it’s not for them. Nothing bothers me more than people saying “it’s too hard”. To me, that sentiment goes hand in hand with integrity. You have to be willing to work harder than you feel like to do what you believe is right. And know that God is giving us the trials we face to refine that part of us. In the end of any situation, there is nothing worse than looking back and saying I should have …or I shouldn’t have…when at the time it really was defying what you knew God was telling you in the first place. Learning to listen to that voice more faithfully and teach that significance to a child in an”it’s all about me world” is the best thing I can do. and some days…

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