Grace and Peace!
Proverbs 11:3 says “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them”
Today’s Inspiration: “Your Character and Integrity are priceless”! The wonderful thing about character and integrity, which are intimately related, is that they're one of the few things in life that no one will ever be able to forcefully take away from you. Your choices are your own. Even if someone can take your life, they can't force you to make a choice that you believe is wrong. Remember, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego? They were sent to die in the furnace because of their stand to exclusively serve their God alone, INTEGRITY in GOD!
*The definition of Character is: the sum of qualities shown up in a person or group, moral or ethical strength, and the description of a person's attributes, traits and abilities. Character is who you are. It defines you and guides your actions, hopefully in a positive way.
*The definition of Integrity is: steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code, being unimpaired, sound, whole and undivided; completeness. Integrity can be summed up simply as doing the right thing for the right reason even when no one is watching; or, you might see integrity as staying true to yourself and your word, even when you're faced with serious consequences for the choices that you're making. Proverbs 10:9 says “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out”
Choose a set of rules, morals, or principles that you believe will lead to a happy, satisfying, and righteous life, as well as a better world. Look at the choices you've made in your past, and observe how much you have or haven't lived by those principles. Don't waste time feeling regretful or guilty. Remember that "...until a person can say deeply and honestly, I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday, that person cannot say, I choose otherwise." -Stephen R. Covey
Decide what you must change in your behavior to align your life more closely to what you believe. Be conscious every day of the decisions you make, however big or small, and how close they bring you to being the person you really want to become. You'll probably feel your self-confidence and personal strength growing as you face and overcome challenges in sticking to your values.
It's not what the world holds for you, it's what you bring to it! Know that what you do reflects on you and the people around you. Be responsible for your own actions, own up to your mistakes and learn from them to be a better person. Living a life of integrity means that we never have to spend time or energy questioning ourselves. When we listen to our hearts and do the right thing, life becomes simple. Our life, and our actions is open for everyone to see, and we don't have to worry about hiding anything. When we have integrity, we gain the trust of our leaders, our colleagues and our team. We're dependable, and, when we hold ourselves accountable for our actions, we become role models for others to follow.
All of this, in turn, directly impacts our success in life. People who live and work with integrity are more likely to be considered for promotions. Why? Because integrity is a hallmark of ethical leadership - organizations want leaders that they can trust, and when you demonstrate integrity, you show everyone you can be trusted. Overcomer, remember the words of William Shakespeare “To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man."
Be Optimistic;Be Open Minded; Be an Over comer! Love P.