When I think of integrity, I picture the hull of a ship being put together. The builders apply a significant amount of force so the pieces bend, but don’t break. There’s no room for error, because the hull must withstand the enormous amount of pressure from the surrounding water to keep the ship afloat. It also has to bear the weight of everything it’s responsible for holding as well. It must maintain its integrity because if the hull fails, the ship sinks.
Integrity in life is just like the hull of a ship. It’s withstanding the tremendous pressures of life without breaking. The pressures might lead you to consider taking the easy way out, but you must maintain integrity.
2 Corinthians 4:7-8 says, “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.”
Integrity is being honest when it would be easier to lie. Integrity is being truthful about our mistakes. Integrity is persevering when you want to give up. Integrity is being consistent in prayer when you have no time. Integrity is staying true to your call. Integrity is doing the right thing when no one else is looking. The best thing is that you don’t need to do it on your own.
Paul goes on to say in 2 Corinthians 4:15-18 “As God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory. That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”
No matter how little or big the challenge you’re facing may be, don’t give up or give in. Maintain integrity and hold your head high knowing you’re not going to take the easy way out. Life isn’t easy. You may bend, but by God’s grace you will not break.