I hope you are diving into the sermon resources on integrity. That is where you engage the biblical teaching more deeply. There is a lot there that will help you advance into this virtue.
You know I love quotes—short, pithy sayings that stimulate my thinking. Here are five quotes on integrity for all of us.
Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters. –Albert Einstein
I like to think of it this way: If one of the smartest people to ever live believes so strongly in being truthful, then I should probably believe it as well.
In this quote, Einstein gets to an important part of integrity. It is seamless. It is in the big and the small things of life. It reminds me of Jesus—faithful in little and then faithful in much.
This one is by an unknown author:
Integrity is choosing courage over comfort … choosing what is right over what is fun, fast, or easy … choosing to practice our values rather than simply professing them.
I like this because it helps us see that integrity involves CHOICE. And integrity is going against the grain of what is comfortable, fun, easy, and fast.
Likewise, integrity is not just what you profess, but it is how you live.
Great learning and superior abilities will be of little value and small estimation unless virtue, honor, truth, and integrity are added to them. –Abigail Adams
This one comes from Abigail Adams, the wife of President John Adams and mother to President John Quincy Adams. If you watched the John Adams mini series, you saw just how wise and virtuous Abigail was.
Here we see a theme about integrity. Character matters more than competencies. Even superior abilities, without integrity, will become a problem.
Of course, I have to have a quote from one of my favorite and most quotable authors.
Lewis helps us understand that integrity is who you are when you are alone. It is an internal quality that defines you. Because it defines you, it flows out of you when you are in a variety of social situations. You don’t have to put on a front or pretend when it is naturally a part of you. Plus, you don’t have to waste time trying to decide if any particular situation requires integrity. All situations require integrity and it should be part of who you are.
This quote by Maya Angelou is great because it helps us understand that while you can have integrity, it can also grow. We can possess a quality but not have it in full measure.
If you do the best you can right now, that is integrity. Tomorrow, when you are wiser and have more perspective, you may act differently than today. You will do better tomorrow, and when you do better tomorrow, that is integrity.
Integrity is one of the core virtues. Thank you to Aaron Anderson for his message on this virtue. May it be one that grows deep and strong inside us.