I know there has been a lot of talk about the lack of integrity or vice versa in many areas of both our private and public lives. It is of special concern in areas such as politics, economics, business, journalism the media, and even in church. It's often discussed in a psychological and moral sense. There must be integrity within as well as beyond in all areas of life. The thing is that there is no short cut to becoming a person of integrity. It is a journey with all the twists and turns that you could imagine. It is not a simple destination.
What is integrity? Integrity stems from the Latin word “integer,” which means “whole” and “entire”, “unbroken” and “consistent”. This definition calls us to look deeper within ourselves in an attempt to get in touch with the Divine source and foundation of who we are. By connecting with this Divine (GOD) we allow His Divine presence and His power to transform our lives from the inside out. Love, justice, peace, compassion, and wisdom begin to flow out and influence all areas of our daily lives. In this way we begin to live a life of integrity in harmony with our values based on God’s Word.
Now, talking about getting there is easier than actually getting there. We live in a culture that is saturated with false distractions of every kind imaginable. We are faced with transparent choices in the media wherever we go and there aren't many beacons that guide people to make choices in their lives that reflect a life of integrity. God's voice often gets drowned out by the clutter, noise and temptations in our everyday lives. But, praise God that his light is the brightest and stands out above all types of distractions that we have and will face.
The call to live with integrity is a call to us all. It is a call to search our minds and our hearts. It is a call to examine our actions and to ensure that they are in alignment with God's plan for ourselves and the world that we live in. This will never come without a cost, but it will surely pay off in the long run. Hey, nobody said success was easy. The reason why the majority of people are not successful in whatever area you want to talk about is simply because they did not do what it took to become successful. It takes a lot, but with conscious effort every single day it can be done.
Some of us may be foreign to this idea of integrity and some may already have a pretty good grasp of what it is. However, we can all look around ourselves to find some examples of lived integrity and be thankful to those who have had the courage to exemplify it. People often have “spoken” out courageously against war, nuclear weapons, abortion, abuse of power and greed. Many have questioned why two-thirds of the world goes to bed hungry every night when there is more than enough for all of everyone’s needs.
The thing is, when we choose to live integral lives we go from speaking to acting. Our lives will reflect and declare our true selves that are rooted in the Holy Spirit. Only in this way will we be able to establish a world of truth and justice for all to see. This is an ongoing journey of trials and growth; a lifelong constant examination of our values and making sure we live with integrity in our everyday lives.
With the help of the divine source from within (GOD) there is little that we cannot do. The task may look daunting but our God is greater.
David Krstevski is a senior at Evangel University. He recently acquired his ministry credentials with the Assemblies of God and plans on spending his life ministering the incredible news of God's word to others.
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