Integrity-honesty, uprightness, moral character
It’s a noble sounding word.
It conjures up visions of knights in armor, seated on muscular stallions. Stalwart and invincible.
Or perhaps a Minister or Pastor, one who is unwavering in their moral, and ethical beliefs.
Do you ever picture yourself? Would you define yourself as a woman of integrity? Would you like to?
Integrity is not some unattainable virtue relegated only to those who have been to seminary, it is a quality available to all of us. Integrity is not a pill you take or a book you read. Integrity is a choice, actually it’s a lot of choices.
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Integrity is about acting in line with your beliefs. It’s not following a list of do’s and don’ts. It’s choosing the right way, God’s way, every time.
Easier said than done? Not when you break it down into those million and one choices. Let me show you:
- You have a 9:00 meeting. You show up prepared for it.
- Your boss asks if you are working on the report they asked for. You tell them not yet, instead of saying, “yes”
- No one will know if you come back late from lunch. You come back on time.
It’s the little things, the things we do when no one is watching. It’s being true to our beliefs instead of caving into the pressure. It’s placing our values above our own personal gain.
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It’s not about perfection, it’s about progress. God doesn’t expect us to be perfect, neither does anyone else. But those around us are watching to see if we are going to live out what we say we believe.
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For example, I once had a boss who told me that if a certain person called, I was to say that he was out of the office. Because God values honesty, I value honesty.
I answered his request by saying, “The only way I can say you are out of the office, is if you are out of the office. If I can lie for you, then I can lie to you, and I don’t think you want me lying to you.”
Guess what? He didn’t fire me. He didn’t reprimand me. He said I had a good point, and never asked me to lie for him again. Integrity always wins. Even if he did fire me for that, I would leave with my heart held high knowing that I was true to my beliefs and my desire to please God above all else.
In a recent survey we conducted, we found that 28% of women, in their workplace calling, had been asked to do something against their beliefs, and another 7% had been asked to do something illegal. This is something that we as women of faith are faced with on a weekly, if not daily, basis.
Opportunities for integrity practice abound in today’s workplace culture.
It isn’t a matter of “if”, but “when”. When you are faced next with the choice to do the right thing, or the wrong thing. To choose God’s way, or man’s way. What will you do? Will you take on the challenge of Integrity Training? Will you purpose in your heart to do the right thing?
How do you know what the right thing is? Isn’t it relative? Doesn’t it depend on the situation?
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God is the only source for knowing the right thing to do. God’s way is always right. God’s way never changes. God’s way doesn’t depend on the situation. God’s way can be found by reading God’s word. If you want to know how to deal with a matter of integrity training, go to God’s word.
God’s word has an answer for every situation you face, every ethical dilemma, every workplace struggle. Finding God’s way in His Word is also a choice.
- It’s a choice to get up 15 minutes earlier and feed yourself from the word of life.
- It’s a choice to post verses where you can see them throughout the week to remind you of His ways and His promises.
- It’s a choice to ask God for wisdom, and then follow through by doing what He says.
I never said any of these choices would be easy. They aren’t easy. But if you wan to be a woman of integrity, these choices, and the choices you face every day, will help you become one.
I’m not there. I have a long way to go. I often choose the wrong way out of convenience. But I am a work in progress. So are you.
Let’s purpose together in our hearts to become women of integrity. Let’s commit to making the right choices in the little things. Let’s endure integrity training with gladness, knowing that it pleases the heart of God.
What about you? What choices have you had to make to be a woman of integrity? What was the outcome of your choices? Share your story below and let’s help each other become women of integrity!