I once heard a minister say, ”gifts are given not by choice but integrity is a choice.” Integrity or character is a choice we all have to make.
The online dictionary defines integrity as, the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. To be a person of integrity it starts with the little things.
One minister said, ”character is what you do when no one is watching.” To have strong moral principles one will often go against the flow of society. In an age where situational ethics are more popular than being ethical there is a shortage real integrity.
I heard someone say recently, ”power simply exposes or hight lights ones principles.” Integrity is moral uprightness which means a person with integrity draws from their moral compass instead of what society deems right or wrong.
Every day we have choices to make, either morally right ones or wrong ones. Integrity is developed early in life we are taught right from wrong by our parents and as children.
When I was in Bible College I heard a story about a worship leader and his integrity. In order to use music in a church service most churches are requited to sign up for a program to pay the writer royalties. The program goes by the size of the church and unfortunately some church don’t sign up.
The worship leader wanted to do a particular song but in order to access it he had to buy the writes to all of the songs on the album. It cost more. He went ahead and bought the writes and they only did the one song.
A few years later he was at the registration table for a worship conference. The person signing him in recognized his name as the one that bought the rights to the album. He called all of the other musicians over to the table and said this worship pastor was the only one that had paid for the song.
He asked the worship leader if he wrote and songs, he did and the producer gave him a contract to do a live album just because of his integrity.
Reflection: Are you a person of integrity? What areas do you need to work on?