By Rhema“Integrity is doing the right thing; even when no-one is watching.” -C.S. Lewis.
Integrity is a character trait that everybody can have, but it is up to you to decide how and what your integrity looks like. The definition of integrity is, “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.” In other words, integrity is staying true to who you are, and keeping your moral values no matter what anybody else does or thinks. But in today’s world, it can be hard to stay true to who you are when there are so many different people telling you who to be and what to do.
Here’s what I do to stay strong in who I am:
- When people at school make fun of me for who I am and what I believe, I talk to my parents about it. They help talk me through what is going on and they help me realize that I don’t need to be ashamed of who I am.
- I read God’s Word and pray to Him. It doesn’t matter what others think of me, just what God thinks of me. His word speaks the truth, and tells me who I really am. God’s word says “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.”(Romans 8:1-2 ESV)
- I speak the truth over myself. Our words have the power of life or death, and we get to choose which one we use. Speaking truth over myself is speaking life into me, which can change the situation with the power of Jesus.
Our world needs Jesus, and there are people in our world that don’t know who they are. Because we are the light of the world, we are supposed to live and act like Jesus, and not be moved by others and what they do.
Having integrity is very important. I have integrity, and it is helping me prosper in life. We want to be known as the person that is always truthful, kind, and loving to others. No one wants to be a friend to someone with no integrity. You have a choice to remain true to who you are, a choice to how you use integrity. What do you choose?
Rhema is freshman in Spokane. She is on ASB at school and knows her mission at school is to be a light in the darkness and to influence students and staff for Jesus at her school. Outside of school, she dances tap, hip hop, lyrical and jazz. She loves little people and helps in children’s ministry at her church and helps teach dance to 4 year olds at her dance school. She is actively involved at her youth group and loves helping new people feel at home at church. She has a heart to make sure others feel included and never excluded.