In John 10:10 Jesus promises His followers abundant life. This blog is about my life as His follower.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Integrity

I want to be a great leader.

So as I was thinking about the qualities that make my current boss, Warden Gilkey, a great leader, I felt impressed to do some study on those qualities.

The first one is integrity.

Right away I'm reminded of Proverbs 10:9 (NIV):

Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,
but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.

Thefreedictionary.com defines integrity this way:

1. Steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code.
2. The state of being unimpaired; soundness.
3. The quality or condition of being whole or undivided; completeness.

So, how does that look in my specific life? What challenges do I personally experience routinely to practicing integrity?

This whole concept of wholeness, completeness; following an ethical code and not just partly following it - that's a hard one for me. These are the situations in which I find myself tempted to do that which comes easily, naturally, or feeds an inner desire in me, instead of pursing wholeness and consistently doing what I believe is ethical:
  • At work I get stressed, there's lots of pressure and the intense onslaught of crisis situations. I feel the deep desire to talk/vent - but often that could end up meaning talking about others. Yet I believe that it is wrong to gossip.
  • I believe that I should put my husband before myself, yet I struggle because I want to look out for me, and please myself first.
  • I believe that I should always do my best in everything I do, that quality matters, whether anyone else notices it or not. Yet at work I'm constantly bombarded with such a huge volume of tasks that I struggle against not just doing things "good enough" (or sometimes haphazardly just to be quick).
  • I believe that it is right to see things through, to not give up . Yet so frequently I become discouraged with the many problems of my family of origin, or with my middle son, or with situations that I don't see how to make right at work. I'm tempted to give up in these things.

These are some of my most persistent challenges to my integrity, what are yours?

In his book Forgotten God Francis Chan talks about having a life where you do things that you know you couldn't do by yourself; where you know it will take the Holy Spirit's power to make it happen. I know that I'm not capable of meeting these challenges in my own strength. Left to my own devices, it's not a life of integrity that I'll live. But with the power of God in me all things are possible.

It is only by God's power that I can live with integrity.

4 comments:

JD Curtis said...

Happy Easter T!

Victor S E Moubarak said...

We are human. And because we are human we are not perfect and we always fail in one way or another.

The important thing is to try to do our best at all times and to bear in mind that one day we will have to explain to God the reason for our actions, or lack of actions.

Do we have a good excuse ... sorry, explanation, for what we do in life?

God bless.

B M said...

Knowing what to do is easy, following the example of the Lord is hard.

I don't think the Lord made us perfect, but he expects us to work towards it with ever increasing fervour.

Tracy said...

Hey JD, hope your Easter was wonderful!

You know I'm grateful to have such inspiring online friends. I "know" Victor and BeingMe well enough to understand where you're coming from with your comments; we want to always seek to have more of God's power, direction, and purpose in our lives.

At the same time I've so over the top grateful that I've got Jesus! That when I stand before the judgement seat of Christ someday that my eternal destiny has already been decided, not based on anything I've done, but based on everything He's already done! However, just like Victor and BeingMe, because of all God's goodness to me, I want to live for Him.

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