I was listening to this video the other day and someone described the definition of integrity. He said it means to “do the RIGHT thing.... REGARDLESS...” I haven’t stopped thinking about it since...really letting it soak into my head... thinking about what the really means, the depth & breadth, while reflecting on my life. Truth is, if I am thinking about how I would want to be remembered, I couldn’t think of a better way. To have people looking back on your life and be able to truthfully say, “she always did the right thing... (regardless)” is powerful. So then I had to reflect on my life and where I am strong, where I fall short, and what this really even looks like. It makes me think a lot about what I have learned about God’s word through the bible and ways we are supposed to live our lives. It is pretty much the same thing. In the bible we are taught to love, even those most difficult to love. We are taught to serve others, with no expectation of anything in return, even those seemingly undeserving of being served. We are taught to give generously, even when we fear we don’t have enough to give, expressing that in times we feel like clenching is when we probably need to give the most. We are taught that there is a bigger plan, and sometimes that plan isn’t in synch with our personal plan, but learning to accept this, and develop patience.
To do the right thing... regardless... of how much money you will or will not make, of who you may or may not impress, of the personal gains you may or may not receive, of how you feel in the moment, of who is looking, of how hard it might seem, of how silly you may feel, of whether or not its convenient for you, of how easy or difficult it may be, of who you may or may not piss off.... .and the list goes on and on and on..... How different would the world look if more of us lived a life of true integrity... doing the right thing, regardless? It would be an amazing place. I can’t change the whole world, but I can start with me.
What does integrity mean to you? Do you live a life of integrity?