Living with Integrity
I will walk with integrity in my heart. (Psalm 101:2)
Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, in his embrace of the totality of his life and his hospitality toward
others. He also grew in integrity and honesty. To be a person of integrity is to have an integrated life in which everything in our lives fits together. Or, as Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard asserted, “purity of heart is to will one thing.”
What is the one thing that guides your life? What the one spirit that moves through your many activities, holding all together in an integrated life? Can you live by your values and commitments regardless of the challenges of your life? Does your life as citizen mirror your moral and spiritual values?
Integrity means that in light and darkness, alone or in a crowd, among friends, and strangers, your behavior is one and the same. As Plato’s Socrates prays in the dialogue Phaedrus, “give me beauty in the inward soul; and may the outward and inner person be at one. May I reckon the wise to be wealthy, and may I have such a quantity of gold as a temperate person and they only can bear and carry.”
et us be one in the spirit, and one with all creation in loving service and kindness.
Let me have one Spirit, faithful, true, and honorable. Let me be one in public and private, seeking to reflect God’s vision in every situation.