Integrity: Choosing Right Actions Even When Nobody Knows

Integrity: Choosing Right Actions Even When Nobody Knows

 

What If Nobody Looks?

What If Nobody Even KNOWS?

 

 

Have you ever wondered about that?

 

What keeps a person on the right track even when nobody is looking? 

 

What if nobody even KNOWS the details or circumstances?

 

It’s a matter of integrity and honesty, having the self-motivation and self-discipline, and listening to that still, small voice telling you to always choose to do the right thing…no matter what!

 

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So what is integrity? According to our handy online dictionary, integrity is defined as…

 

“the quality of being honest and having strong moral and ethical principles;

moral uprightness”

 

Just a few minutes of scanning headlines online reveals that integrity is a quality sadly missing in far too many cases!

 

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Now onto today’s inspirational thought…

 

“Self-discipline is keeping yourself going in the right direction without someone making you do so.

 

The problem is that somehow people have gotten the wrong idea that everything in life is supposed to be easy.

 

You need to be a person who is self-motivated and self-disciplined; who does what is right because it is right, not because someone may be looking or because someone is making you do it.”

–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”

 

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My Reflections

 

This devotional brings to mind the concept of “situational ethics” — basing your decision on the situation at the moment or caving in to the pressure of society or “political correctness” rather than choosing to do the right thing simply because it’s the right choice to make.

 

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So What Are YOUR Thoughts?

 

Do you find it easy to do the right thing when nobody is looking?

 

Have you experienced pressure in social settings to make decisions you might not make otherwise?

 

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This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. I feel like I’m a pretty disciplined person because even though I do some stupid crap when I’m alone, my decisions are tame and reasonable. So I don’t find it that hard to the right thing actually.

  2. This is a very good reminder of how we should act even when there’s nobody watching. I value integrity and honesty very much, especially after all that I’ve gone through in life. When your intentions are pure, you’ll find yourself doing the right thing, no questions asked.
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  3. One’s true character is how one behaves when no one is watching. I read that many years ago and never forgot it. It is something I taught my kids as well. A few years ago my son called and said, “This is your fault.” I had no clue what he was talking about. He laughed and said, “I just lost a bid for a job because I’m incapable of lying. So thanks.” “You’re welcome!” I said. 🙂

  4. I learned a lot about integrity and honesty the last few years during my parents divorce after 28 years. Thank you, Jesus, for the conviction on my heart to continue operating with integrity. Thank you for sharing! Making “morally upright” choices truly count when no one is looking!

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