Being a Person of Integrity

It's been a couple of decades since Commander Scott Waddle and his shipmates faced a huge test following their tragic accident in the Pacific. While performing an emergency surfacing maneuver for distinguished guests on board, Waddle’s submarine collided with a Japanese fishing training vessel, killing nine on board. The story of the collision made global headlines and was the subject of great debate and investigation. What followed was extraordinary. Waddle stood before the Navy’s Court of Inquiry and accepted full responsibility both for himself and the actions of his crew. By taking personal responsibility, he demonstrated exceptional integrity. No one was surprised by his actions because Waddle had created a workplace culture where his words and actions matched.  Indeed, he was a man of tremendous integrity.  

The Latin root for integrity is integer, meaning “whole” or “complete.” To have integrity means that we are whole people; that our outward persona and actions are consistent with our words. People with integrity are not disjointed or contradictory with themselves, with others and ultimately with God. To have integrity means that our actions match our words and we live/talk in private what we live/talk in public.

Jesus’ life was the ultimate picture of integrity. His actions always matched His words and for this reason, He had a transformational influence where ever he went. He embodied the lessons of love, grace and truth that he spoke about and taught to his followers. He did what He said and He lived out his mission to the very end. We are called to talk and walk in the way of Jesus; to live a life marked by love, compassion, mercy, justice, and honoring God's call above all. Being a person of integrity is foundational to living an influential and effective Christ-centered life. Paul writes in Philippians 4:8 to "fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure and lovely, and admirable”. Workplace believers are called to live by the Spirit and to walk in step with the Spirit (Galatians 5:25) demonstrating the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:23-25) that our lives might be complete.

Your workplace challenge is to be a person of integrity by ensuring your walk matches your talk. Make certain your actions, character and belief system is consistent; thus making your life complete. By doing so, you will have a transformational influence in your workplace to the glory of God.