Proverbs 10:9 - The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.
In the ever increasing drive social media places on us to look good and successful when we aren’t, we may find our integrity slowly burning off like morning fog.
We say what we don’t mean.
We don’t do what we said we’d do and make up excuses like, “I know I let you down, but I’m just too busy,” and our promises fade away.
We hide secrets in the basement of our minds fooling other people that we are of good moral character when in fact -
Steal what isn’t our own
We make light of important matters
And it all leads to our character being tossed aside in the name of profit and success.
We may think that what we’re doing doesn’t affect others, it does –
Our marriages suffer as cheating on your spouse becomes more than just a one
Our relationships with our children suffer as we break our promises to make
time to show up at their soccer games or watch a school music program.
Our relationships with our parents, siblings, and extended family suffer as we criticize and put down their life, because they aren’t making the big bucks.
Our jobs suffer as we steal someone else’s ideas and projects and put our names on them.
Our loss of integrity doesn’t just stop there – it affects us internally:
We’re the ones who know what we’re doing even if we may fool others for a time.
Our internal monitor moves into the red zone as now our health begins to decline.
And finally what we think about ourselves is no longer hidden by the fog but is pushed into the burning light of just how far we’ve fallen.
Is there a way to gain back our integrity? Read the article on wikihow.com titled, “How to Improve Your Personal Integrity,” and find suggestions such as being truthful with other even if it gets you into trouble and be honest with yourself.
No one said that a life of integrity would be easy. It may take some time before others trust you again, but it’s worth the effort to try. If you do, as the Bible verse above says, you’ll become a person of integrity who walks securely. And you won’t have to carry around the burden of wondering when you’ll be found out.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.