Tim shares a recent podcast series he tuned into and highly recommends!

Podcast Show: North Point Community Church
Series: https://northpoint.org/messages/your-integrity-our-world/the-inescapable-ought  

We all know that character and integrity are important traits – things we strive to possess. But what actually defines a person of integrity?  In this series of six messages, Andy Stanley breaks down the elements of integrity in a way that I found helpful and challenging.  

Andy’s personal definition of integrity is Doing what you ought to do, even if it costs you. He starts off by comparing our personal integrity to that of the integrity of a physical structure. He makes the point that if there is a compromise in the integrity of a structure, the weight load will always transfer the stress to the other parts of the building. Failures of personal integrity often transfer the stress to other members of the family, friends, or an organization.  

I highly recommend listening to this message series. They are about 30 minutes each and well worth the investment. However, if you’re not really a podcast person, here are some key points from the messages. 

 

  • Integrity is a universal expectation and it is fluid. It will be defined and redefined by personal and public opinion. People expect integrity from the people around them as a given baseline of conduct. We need to have that same expectation of ourselves.  

 

  • Wisdom tells us to do the right thing to maintain the structural integrity of your home and family. When you act without integrity, you start to experience cracks in the foundation that may not be able to carry the load.  

 

  • We don’t typically know if integrity is guiding us, until maintaining integrity costs us. 

     

  • Integrity is essential to relational contentment in a relationship. Close proximity creates the potential for friction, which increases the demand for integrity.  

 

  • The person of integrity is looking way out into the future and not right now. Your biggest relational and financial failures are when you look at right now instead of the future.  

 

  • If your trigger response when you are under pressure is to deflect or lie, those are clues that integrity is not guiding you. Question to ask yourself: “if I’m quick to abandon my integrity, what’s really driving me?” You may discover that you’re more concerned with looking good than being good.  

 

  • The respect of the people you care about hinges not on your infallibility but on your integrity.  

 

  • Integrity is a muscle, and the longer you exercise it, the stronger it gets. 

 

  • Your integrity may be personal, but it is not private. The load of your integrity will be transferred to the rest of the family or friends.  

 

  • You can’t be yourself as long as you’re lying to yourself. Worst of all, you can’t give your entire self to someone else if you are lying to yourself.  

 

  • When, in the future, you look back at how you’ve lived, you will see that what you traded your integrity for is long gone.  

 

  • When we sacrifice our integrity to get the thing we don’t think we can get any other way, we close the door on the opportunity to see what God might do when we place ourselves 100% at His mercy.