People who have integrity, know it. The question is, if you don’t have it, do you know it?

Integrity, or lack of, used to show in panic situations. You know, like when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and tourist who were stuck in a closed-up store left cash for the food they ate for three days while in the uninhabited city. This is in contrast to the video of the New Orleans police office loading up a shopping cart and pushing it out the front door of the post-Katrina ghost-town WalMart. It seems to me, that nowadays, lack of integrity shows in every day interaction and not just panic times. It’s the age-old tug-a-war of good vs evil, and is simple as hacking emails, cheating on taxes and passing by a homeless person. I believe most of us with integrity know we have it, we fight to keep it, we pray that we never loose it. But the question is, does a person who lacks integrity even know they do, or is it just business as usual?

Do you have integrity? Is this you?

1.  It’s all about you. You hurt other people including those you love the most, because everything is always ALL ABOUT YOU.  And, you don’t care. “They’ll get over it” or “I know what’s best”, or “I do what I do because it’s what I do”.

2. Your self esteem hinges on the opinion of others. You lie or steal, exaggerate and simplify all truths and facts in order to say what others want to hear, and you don’t care if there’s no basis for it.

3. You’re hiding things. Even those closest to you don’t know everything, and you want it that way.  If you were to die today, your secrets may (or may not) reveal themselves for years.

4.  You fail to do what you said you were going to do. It’s really about faith and trust.  Can others trust YOU with their secrets, family, money, relationship? Can others have faith in  you to do what you said, even what you PROMISED, or are the words “promise and vow” just transition words to you, to end the conversation.

5.  You compromise just a little too often. People with integrity understand right from wrong.  Compromise is good when it’s the meeting half-way of two ideas.  But when a compromise leads to “wrong”, integrity is compromised.

Bev Manson caters to the display and signage needs of churches. Join the Displayit at Church Email Mailing list for thoughts and ideas for creative ministry. Our monthly email is our chosen vehicle for providing discounts, special pricing and product information for leaders on the front lines of ministry.

Blessed with the gift of gab and hospitality, Bev served as a staff member for a fast-growing church where she discovered her talent for helping people step out of their comfort zone. She began recruiting volunteers to serve in Children’s Ministry, and as the church grew, became focused on the influx of visitors and the need to make sure they didn’t get lost in the growth. For this, she developed a full team of trained volunteers to create the “WOW,  from the Street to the Seat”. Her success with this program lead to speaking engagements at churches across North Georgia, prompting a string of WOW experiences!  Now, as Marketing Manager for Displayit at Church, she loves sharing her tips, tricks and ideas, that can make a real difference.

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