'The integrity of the upright guides them.' Proverbs 11:3 NIV
A writer called Margaret Mead once stated, 'What people say, what people do, and what people say they do, are entirely different things.' She's talking about the need to have integrity, and integrity is an essential part of being buff on the inside. The word integrity simply means 'to integrate, to become one with.' It requires having your values, thoughts and actions all lined up, not zig-zagging all over the place.
People of integrity always stand out. Author Pat Williams tells of Gandhi's trip to England to speak before Parliament. The British government had opposed India's independence and, as a result, Gandhi had often been threatened, arrested and jailed. Gandhi spoke passionately for two hours, after which the packed hall gave him a standing ovation. Afterwards, a reporter asked Gandhi's assistant how he'd been able to deliver such a speech without notes. 'You don't understand Gandhi,' he responded. 'What he thinks is what he feels. What he feels is what he says. What he says is what he does. What Gandhi feels, thinks, says and does, are all the same. So he doesn't need notes.' Now, that's integrity!
Some people just want to make a 'good impression' but impressions are like shadows; they disappear when a strong enough light is shone on them. Integrity is the genuine article - the more you shine the light on it, the more detail you can see.
So what now? Do your values, thoughts and actions line up? Be a person of integrity in all you do.
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