Walk With Integrity

One of my goals in 2019 is to make sure my life is consistent with my core values. Last summer I completed a class for my graduate degree on time and life management for pastors. One of the assignments for that class was to spend time alone and in prayer writing a personal constitution, starting with twenty to thirty core values. I ended up with thirty, which is surprising to me and anyone else who knows how short and to the point I am. These values cover things from doing all things to the glory of God to delegation. One that I'm especially trying to focus on in this new year is value number nine: Embrace humility (Proverbs 27:2). Silence is golden. As the saying goes, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.” Don’t defend yourself. Don’t think you are better than others. Remain teachable.

In the book of Proverbs, the wisest man to ever live wrote this: "He who walks with integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will become known" (Proverbs 10:9). The word integrity has its origin in the French and Latin and simply means to be intact. It has developed a meaning of being upright and moral; but in its simplest form, integrity means cohesive and unified. It basically means that a person with integrity lives a life that is in agreement with the core values that person professes to believe. This makes the person intact, or whole. What are your core values? If you don't have any, I would suggest finding a quiet spot where you can jot some down. Then live a life that exemplifies them because when you walk with integrity, you walk securely.