Summary: What is integrity? It is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. The psalmist has been known for many things, but not much as being a man of integrity.
My Month of Integrity
Pastor Amos Dada
I want to welcome you to this new month, our month of integrity. I pray that the spirit of integrity will envelope you in Jesus name. What is integrity? It is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. The psalmist has been known for many things, but not much as being a man of integrity. But a close look at Psalm 26 helps us to know what makes David tick. What drew God as a magnet to this young man that will not let him go? The Psalmist himself gave ten fold testimonies which I want to call his ‘walking principles’ that guided his life that after 3000 years on earth his descendants still remember him with their flag –The Star of David.
“I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; I shall not slide; Your loving-kindness is before mine eyes: I have walked in thy truth. I have not sat with vain persons; neither will I go in with dissemblers. I have hated evil doers; I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth. My foot standeth in an even place”
Integrity is one of the fundamental values that employers seek in the employees that they hire. It is the hallmark of a person who demonstrates sound moral and ethical principles at work. While we are not sure of when Job lived, we are sure he imbibed this great quality that was noticeable to God and God did not only admire it but was ‘bragging’ about it to Satan “Then the LORD asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil. And he has maintained his integrity, even though you urged me to harm him without cause.” Job2:3;1:1
In a world when people have every reason to jettison integrity. In a world when people, ministers, leaders, students, presidents, senators, governors, house assembly members lecturers, business gurus ( Job was a business man Job1:3) are hustling for money and power at the expense of integrity, men like Job were operating on high level integrity.
What is the purpose of this article? To ensure you reap the benefits of a life of integrity. Your lack of integrity is hurting our world. We cannot continue to cheat and defraud one another, embezzle the nation’s money just because we have access to it and think it will not have a dangerous effect on this generation and the next. The opposite (antonym) of integrity is deceit, dishonour, disgrace, dishonesty, corruption, incompleteness. Those are not words that should be used to describe you or myself! Amy Rees Anderson said “If I could teach only one value to live by, it would be this: Success will come and go, but integrity is forever. Integrity means doing the right thing at all times and in all circumstances, whether or not anyone is watching. It takes having the courage to do the right thing, no matter what the consequences will be. Building a reputation of integrity takes years, but it takes only a second to lose, so never allow yourself to ever do anything that would damage your integrity.
A person who has integrity lives his or her values in relationships with coworkers, customers, family and stakeholders. Honesty and trust are central to integrity. Acting with honor and truthfulness are also basic tenets in a person with integrity. People who demonstrate integrity draw others to them because they are trustworthy and dependable. They are principled and can be counted on to behave in honourable ways even when no one is watching. Let me ask you as an usher, pastor, leader, lecturer, president, senator, governor, market woman, student, voter, vulcaniser, pharmacist, medical doctor, televangelist, housewife, trader, civil servant, bank manager, business owner, realtor, manufacturer, father, mother, wife and husband, do you perform your role with integrity in your heart? Or do you have mole in your eye accusing others of peck in theirs?
We live in a world where integrity isn’t talked about nearly enough. We live in a world where “the end justifies the means” has become an acceptable school of thought for far too many. Sales people over promise and under deliver, all in the name of making their quota for the month. Applicants exaggerate in job interviews because they desperately need a job. CEOs overstate their projected earnings because they don’t want the board of directors to replace them. Entrepreneurs overstate their proformas because they want the highest valuation possible from an investor. Investors understate a company’s value in order to negotiate a lower valuation in a deal. Customer service representatives cover up mistakes they made because they are afraid the client will leave them. Employees call in “sick” because they don’t have any more paid time off when they actually just need to get their Christmas shopping done. The list could go on and on, and in each case the person committing the act of dishonesty told themselves they had a perfectly valid reason why the end result justified their lack of integrity.”