Day 11 of 31 Days of Wisdom
Integrity is a big deal! Integrity is doing things right. It means keeping your word and being truthful at all times. It’s also having the mindset that if you fall short you would do everything in your power to immediately make up for it. Integrity means doing what you said you would do and how you would do it. Today we have a lot of people who don’t live with integrity. They’ll promise to repay a loan and they don’t. They’ll agree to perform a certain service and they don’t come through. They say one thing to one person and turn around and slander them to someone else.
The book of Proverbs has a lot to say about integrity. One verse is found in chapter 11:3. It says,
“The integrity of the upright will guide them, but the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them.”
Are you a person of integrity? Here are 10 questions to ask yourself:
1) Do I have a good track record of keeping my word?
2) Do I pay my financial obligations?
3) If I agree to do something but then it becomes an inconvenience, do I abandon it?
4) Do I tell the truth? Always?
5) Would I cheat on my taxes if it would get me a lot of money and I knew I wouldn’t get caught?
6) Am I honest on all my financial aid applications, job applications, and school admission forms?
7) Would I cheat on my spouse?
8) Do I share with others the things that were told to me in confidence?
9) Am I a faithful friend to my friends?
10) Am I reliable in my service to my church?
In verse 3 we are reminded that someone with integrity is guided by his integrity. In other words, he makes decisions based on what is right. And that comes at a cost. It may require you to pay more money because you are honest. It may require you to walk away from a shady deal because it would hurt someone. Maybe it will require you to treat someone with respect and honor even when you feel they don’t deserve it. But rest assured, integrity pays off. If you can wake up knowing you have a reputation that is clean and full of integrity, it will give you a supernatural confidence that God’s grace is pushing you forward.
Keep in mind the 2nd part of the verse which says, “but the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them”. Not living in integrity may seem to look glamorous and advantageous, but it isn’t! It leads to a path of broken friendships, broken relationships, financial hardships, and unhappiness.
Those 10 questions are great to think about. Perhaps you are doing great in most of these scenarios but there may be one or two that you have to work on. Since a lack of integrity in one area tends to spread to others, let’s do everything we can to make sure we are living in integrity at all times. When faced with a decision to make, ask yourself: “What is right? What is fair? What is beneficial to me AND others?” If you are guided by this, you will always prosper in all you do.