INTEGRITY---It's sadly missing today.
People feel they can't trust anyone anymore.
Business leaders can't trust their employees; employees can't trust their leaders.
Some well-known church leaders have failed miserably in their integrity.
Political candidates talk, but do their lives match their talk?
Integrity is hard to find because it's so easy to compromise. We compromise integrity by:
LYING, saying something is true when we know it isn't.
LUSTING, inappropriate sexual thoughts.
LOITERING, hanging out with the wrong crowd.
LOOTING, taking something that isn't ours.
Daniel is a great model of leadership integrity. His work ethic was flawless, both in his performance and perspective. And the king promoted him to the top position in the kingdom.
THAT'S WHEN IT HIT THE FAN!
As long as Daniel did his job, everything was fine. Instead, he excelled above the others, and things changed---dramatically. The managers under Daniel and the two vice presidents, formed an investigation committee looking for hidden dirt in Daniel's life. They stalked him, talked about him to others, gained access into his computer to check his files, went through his desk, checked out his closets, unlocked his iPhone, and who knows what else.
They found NOTHING. ZERO. NADA---no hanky-panky, no secret funds, no fraud, no hushed cover ups, no corruption, no scandal in the making, no goofing off on company time. Daniel met his deadlines on time. He left work when he should not when he felt like it. He didn't make it a habit to take extended lunches on company time. The guy was squeaky clean which reveals another quality of integrity---A Blameless Character.
How's your personal character?
Are you reliable? Negligent? Getting by with things you shouldn't?
Do you keep your promises to your kids? All the time?
Are you truthful when your spouse asks about your spending, your time?
Do you answer emails, texts? Return calls when you say you will?
Are you careful where you go, who you are with?
Are you personally holy?