Healthy Habits of a Life of Faith
Week 7: October 22

Being a person of integrity 

Last week we looked at developing a habit of gratitude. This week, we will look at integrity and how we can become people of integrity in a changing world.

 We might find it challenging to fully live by our principles and values all the time.  When we’re in an environment of like minded people (church community, GPA, friends with the same values) it’s much easier to maintain our integrity.  When people are encouraging us, fighting for the same goal and objectives, we find ourselves motivated to make effort.  Often, however, when we find ourselves in an environment where no one is motivating us or holding us accountable, our integrity is challenged and we might not be as confident to stand for and live by our ideals. This could be in school, in the workplace, or even in our own families. We may find ourselves compromising. This leads to an internal dilemma. If in a particular moment (think conversation with a friend, discussion in class, peer pressure) we don’t stand for what we believe, later we are conflicted - because that’s how our conscience works!  We end up judging ourselves or resigning to going with the flow. If this repeatedly happens, it becomes more difficult to be true to yourself and stand for what you believe in.

Why is integrity important? People of integrity lead clear and conscientious lives.  They trust themselves to act consistently regardless of what environment or situation they might find themselves in.  

Integrity is built on the small everyday efforts we make.  Thus, taking time daily for HDH, prayer, and setting internal goals, creates the foundation to be ready to respond when an opportunity presents itself.  God will always give us the opportunity to practice taking a stand. However, if we’re not intentional, or are trying to avoid taking that challenge, we’ll miss those opportunities to step out of our comfort zone.  Ultimately we want to become people who are not just reactive to what might come our way, but who take proactive steps to radiate a life of integrity as a subject in our environment.  

On this week's call/meet up:

  • What stood out to you on the topic of integrity?

  • Share an experience where you felt challenged to act with integrity.  What made it difficult, how did you feel?  What could you do differently the next time you’re presented with a similar situation?

Quotes:

“God, the earth and humankind are within me. The mind is in the subject position and the body is in the object position. Since the mind is the center of the body, we have a will, a worldview and an advocacy. The person in whom these three are united is called a person of integrity. A person of integrity is a conscientious person whose body moves according to the dictates of his or her mind. She is one who can control her body with her mind. This is why the mind is the center. The mind represents God and the body represents humanity. God has dominion over the mind, the mind has dominion over the body, and the body has dominion over creation.” - TF, CSG (26-184, 1969.10.25)

“A man of integrity acts according to his commitments. I am such a man. Because I am that kind of man, I did not perish even though I was persecuted.” - TF, CBMG

“The New York Times, The Washington Post and other major newspapers slandered me, accusing me of committing all kinds of wrongdoing. After I came to America, however, I did not engage in even one instance of wrongdoing. By day and by night, I have stood tall. I have always lived as a man of integrity.” - TF, CBMG

“...the more you should offer conditions, firm up your outlook, and go forward with integrity, following your beliefs and principles, as one in whom God can place His trust. If you do so, you certainly will overcome all obstacles.” - TF, CSG

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”- Albert Einstein

Action Step

Make a list of 3 of your core values or beliefs.  Reflect on an experience where you felt challenged to act with integrity around one of those values/beliefs?  Set a goal for this week centered on how you can proactively respond in a more constructive way.  

Questions?

Email Tasnah at tasnah@stfgpalumni.org.