When it comes to turning your dreams into reality, integrity is a crucial ingredient. Through your conduct, deeds, and choices, you will either gain trust or lose credibility. Trust has to be earned, and you can win the confidence of others by walking in integrity. When you do the right thing by walking in integrity, others will more readily adopt your dream and become willing supporters.
Integrity is more than what you appear to be when others are watching. It’s who you are and the decisions, actions, and behaviors you practice when no one else is around, and only you and God will ever know. For example, it’s what do you do when a sales clerk accidentally gives you too much change, or you find a wallet full of money on the sidewalk. These examples may seem like small, incidental matters, but when you make the right choices in these small areas, you will be more likely to retain your integrity in more complex situations. If you’re ever tempted to lie on your income tax return, cheat on an exam, or steal from the company, integrity will cause you to make the right choice. It’s a good idea to think about these things ahead of time, so you won’t be caught off guard when temptation arises.
Also, a person of integrity says something and means it. He will keep his word even if it costs him something to do it. He builds a reputation for being reliable, dependable, and trustworthy. Operating with integrity, by today’s standard is something that will surely stand out in a crowd.
Integrity is a high standard of morality you keep no matter what’s going on around you. It’s about having dignity and living by your highest principles at all times. When you’re at work, it means doing your best regardless of how much you receive for your services, the number of people you serve, or the class of people served.
Many situations will come along in life that could cause us to waver, but God hears our prayers when we ask for strength to stay strong in the face of temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13). No matter what you’ve done in the past, it’s true you can’t take it back; but you can begin now practicing impeccable integrity and move forward to make all your dreams a reality.
Proverbs 22:1 (TLB)
“If you must choose, take a good name rather than great riches; for to be held in loving esteem is better than silver and gold.”