Integrity—who we are when no one is looking.  It’s easy to be admirable, honest and gallant when we are under scrutiny.  But, who are we when the curtains are drawn and the audience has left?  Societal glamorization and normalization of poor behavior has desensitized us.  Instead of being outraged by egregious acts, we resort to phrases such as, “to each his own,” or “who am I to say?”  If we are a breathing member of a society, we have every right to say.  When we as a society are not moved by wrongful acts such as infidelity, rape or murder, our moral compass become off-kilter.

We often think that it is acts of grandeur that yield integrity, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.  It’s the little things that count.  When we evaluate our integrity, we need to evaluate the little things.  Are we people of our word? For example, are we the type to make plans and frequently back out at the last minute?  If so, we need to reprioritize and allocate our time effectively and accordingly.  The bible says let your yes be yes and your no be no (Matthew 5:37, Note: Though the verse was made in reference to taking an oath using the Lord’s name, I believe it is applicable in demonstrating that Jesus believed that our word should have the power to stand on its own).  When it comes to integrity, it is our lesser acts that speak to the bigger picture.

Today, instead of giving a long drawn out soliloquy on integrity, I have listed some of my favorite verses that have impacted me.  I hope you enjoy:

Proverbs 10:9 (NLT)

People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will slip and fall.

Luke 16:10 (NLT)

“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.

2 Corinthians 8:21 (ESV)

For we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man.

Ephesians 5:21-25 (NLT)

And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.  For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord.  For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything. For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her.

Proverbs 5:18-19 (ESV)

Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth, a lovely deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight; be intoxicated always in her love.

Today’s prayer:

Lord, I pray that you make us new creature in you.  Make us into people of integrity.  Let us be people who can be trusted in the dark.