Integrity: How do you stay honest
A situation comes up at work in which you're forced to choose between honesty and dishonesty--with a strong implication that the dishonest way would be better for the company.
What do you do?
You could look down at your WWJD bracelet. You could jump up, blurt out "Gotta go to the restroom!" then bolt out the door (count on having to deal with it eventually). Or you could calmly, thoughtfully lay out all the reasons why dishonesty is never right.
Compromise puts you on a slippery slope. Once you do it, you're seen as someone who isn't all that concerned about right and wrong. You'll do anything to go along. Anything to advance. Anything to avoid making waves.
But dishonesty, both personal and corporate, is slow suicide. Customers won't stand for being cheated. They'll leave and never come back--which is exactly what such a company deserves.
On a personal level, dishonesty ruins your Christian example. You become a hypocrite who says one thing and does another.
Integrity never comes cheap. It also reveals who, or what, you worship.
Here are some quotes about integrity, honesty, and doing the right thing. As you read them, think about what kind of person you want to be and how you want to be remembered.
The choice is clear when you recall Who you're really working for.
Authentic living is risky.
Conformity leads to compromise. Compromise leads to mediocrity. Mediocrity leads to sin and a wasted life. Finally, a wasted life leads to a lost legacy.
No position in life can be secure, and no achievement can be permanent unless built upon truth and justice.
You see, we are successful when we are steadily becoming the unique person God intends us to become and when we are doing what he asks us to do.
Discipline is the price you pay for freedom...Discipline restores your freedom of choice.
Norman Vincent Peale
Now if it is true that God is both Truth and Love it will be readily seen that the greatest sins will be unreality, hypocrisy, deceit, lying, or whatever we choose to call sins against truth, and self-love which makes fellowship with other people and their proper treatment impossible.
It is better to fail in a cause that will ultimately succeed, than to succeed in a cause that will ultimately fail.
Christians must seek to behave among men in a way that brings praise to their Father in heaven.
We need to cultivate a heart that resists temptation because we love Christ. We need to see saying no to sin as our opportunity to say to Him that we love him more than that seemingly irresistable urge in our life.
Joseph M. Stowell
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