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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Walking With Integrity, Keeping A Straight Path

In summary of Proverbs 10:9 it says, “The man who walks uprightly walks securely, but he who takes a crooked way shall be found out and punished.”

Bottom Line:
People with integrity walk securely, but those who take crooked paths will eventually be found out.”

What this means to me:
When I practice integrity in what I do in life, I can walk securely.  With honesty I can live confident and carefree.  Being shifty or side stepping integrity and taking an easy path to get what I want will eventually catch up with me.  I’ll either slip and fall and cause harm to myself or those around me or I’ll be found out.  I must be honest in all dealings and at all times. Doing so provides safety and reflects well on the one I really serve (God.)  To me, living with Integrity means:

  • I am to live by fairness, even if it seems to put me at a disadvantage or causes me more work or effort.
  • I fight fair, even when those around me are not.
  • My word needs to be my bond.  My “yes” means “yes” and my “no” means “no”
  • I am authentic and act the same no matter who is present.  What you see is what you get.
  • I am straight forward in my conduct.  I don’t hide what I’m doing and don’t say one thing and do another.  
  • I explain facts in an even-handed manner, and not in a way that makes me look better than others.
  • I am respectful, helpful and gracious to everyone.
  • I am to go the extra mile, with a smile and not begrudgingly.
  • I am to do more that is required of me
  • I am not afraid to ask for help or to let God be my strength.
  • I handle tough situations knowing that God is at work in me.
  • I focus on “whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable.” (Phil. 4:8)
Today I will review my recent actions and consider my future dealings to ensure that I am being in line with Integrity in my life.