Wikipedia defines integrity as, “The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.”
It has been said that when all else has been said and done our word is all we have. Living every moment from integrity may be an impossibility for humanity; after all, only one has been recorded able to walk on water. Often, living a life without integrity seems to bring out the worst in people and attract harsh and difficult circumstances one might have to deal with. Doing what you say you will do matters in all relationships. Consider any business relationship where either party has shown him or herself to be a person who does not value integrity as a personal quality. It will not take long for the other party to tire of constantly dealing with the matters that arise from someone who is dishonest, distrustful, lacks honor and fails to fulfill commitments made.
In marriage, integrity is the foundation that keeps that relationship steady and moving forward. As soon as either party shakes the foundation of the marriage, it is not long before everyone around knows the relationship is in trouble. What about children who have been raised by people who lack integrity? They do not value themselves, others, property or the law of the land. Soon, they too will be in situations that require the intervention of authority figures and parents who must clean up their messes. Parents who value integrity typically teach their children this virtue and raise them up to become men and women of integrity; people who contribute to society rather than always taking. They are the givers of the world.
Albert Einstein said, “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”
We have nothing to lose and everything to gain by shifting our state of being to one who values integrity above all else. Becoming a person who is consistently operating from integrity will alter your life in very positive ways. There is a battle for your integrity and know that you are not alone in that battle. Step into this powerful virtue today and see if your future is brighter having more satisfaction and fulfillment.