Though repeatedly tempted by Potiphar’s wife, Joseph said no. Faced with similar circumstances, David said yes. But the story doesn’t end there. David married Bathsheba; when their son Solomon grew up ‘He had seven hundred wives…and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray. Integrity may not seem like a big deal now, but your lack of it will have far-reaching consequences. Integrity means keeping commitments, even though the circumstances in which you made them have changed. One leader points out that when integrity is the referee, your lips and your life will be in agreement. Your beliefs will be mirrored by your behaviour.
There’ll be no discrepancy between what you appear to be and what you are, whether in good times or bad. Integrity is not only the referee between opposing value systems, it’s the decision maker between being at peace and being fragmented within. It frees you to become a whole person no matter what comes your way.
There’s a story about a job applicant who was asked why he was discharged from his last position. He replied, ‘Because I wanted to take work home with me.’ When asked who he worked for, he replied, ‘The First National Bank.’ We smile, but in a recent survey of employees, 55% said they didn’t trust their top management. Are you trustworthy? Will Rogers said: ‘People’s minds are changed through observation, not argument. People do what people see. What they hear, they understand; what they see, they believe and follow.
Integrity is the one of the necessary ingredients for success, I hear people talk about integrity but they don’t have it, it’s just a lip value for most people. They have abused it, most people make money off others innocence, and build a company, on the wall you see our core values “Integrity” when you know the right things to do that would help others, but you rather fleece them. How do they prosper in the business? Others report false records for companies as auditors and when you walk into their offices Integrity takes front door. In the environment where we live it’s difficult to find anyone who truly posses this quality as it is survival of the fittest, where do you stand? With the liars and deceitful ones, Or with those who possess the real thing?
That’s why a corrected and contrite Psalmist prayed, ‘Guard my life…let me not be put to shame…May integrity…protect me…