500 Words on Integrity

500 Words on Integrity

Give up on your dreams.

A person’s integrity is measured, by definition, through their honesty and their ability to maintain their moral beliefs. These beliefs can range from the higher tier religious beliefs to a person’s stance on gun control to whether or not they think it’s rude to spit on the sidewalk. Keeping one’s integrity intact is, I believe, crucial to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and a strong individuality.

Before anything else, observe the personality, conceptually. Personality dictates unique or rare qualities pertaining to an individual. In some cases, even common personality traits made abnormally noticeable can shape the way a person is perceived. Largely, the importance of personality, and ultimately integrity, is derived from the way a person is perceived.

Assuming a personality means that the person in question is unique and does things indicative of said personality. Obviously. As such, the outward personality traits are viewed and understood by that person’s peers, either positively or negatively. A person is what they believe and what they do because of those beliefs. The foundation of self-understanding and self-worth rely on those factors that make oneself special on a micro scale. So, of course, the way in which someone maintains his or her beliefs also demonstrates a personality trait. Generally speaking, the stronger one holds to their morals, the more positively they are perceived in maintaining who they are. After all, if a person gives up on their beliefs, they are fundamentally giving up on who they are and what made them who they are.

Circumstances are known to arise that challenge a person’s integrity. For example, a writer for a newspaper may be asked to write a personal column instead of the news story they had wanted. Theoretically, the news is the reason this writer got into the job, and refusing the request results in termination. Hypothetically. Does the writer submit and write a personal column, or do they insist on writing about the news and gamble with their livelihood?

The result of that writer’s decision determines whether or not they value their job or their passion more. To some, the respectable decision is to keep to a passion and blossom as a person. For others, giving up on a job because you couldn’t do what you wanted to is idiotic. In short, it is a matter of perspective.

However, such challenges do, in fact, test integrity. Should the aforementioned writer submit to the job they were told to do, they sacrifice a level of integrity, and you can measure how reasonable the loss is by figuring out if the positive effect of keeping their job outweighs the loss of integrity.

Keep in mind the core of integrity: personality. Lack of integrity can come across like a lack of person. Maybe someone considered a “sell-out” lacks a little bit of life. Maybe they seem empty. Perhaps giving up on your beliefs in order to accomplish a greater goal is damaging to the soul. In my opinion, it is better to maintain one’s integrity, belief, persona, et cetera, than it is to seek some kind of end game. When the day is done and your decisions have been made, do you feel whole? Are you proud of who you are? Are you content with the things you’ve done and the reasons you had to do them?

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He Changed Everything.

My soul is richer & my heart is fuller 

Sept 2013 I found myself writing to an evangelist Jennifer Beckham looking for more, looking for answers cause at the time I was in a dark place, and stuck no matter what I did. She wrote back! I cried as I read her respond. She sent me scriptures of who god is and what he wants for us. God says we are more than conquers and endurance develops strength and character. She encouraged me that I was on the right track. Not to give up and she would be praying for me. I saw Jennifer Beckham at a conference that year. I don't remember what she specifically talked about but I remember the feeling. The feeling of wanting to burst out crying, I could feel my eyes being filled with tears, and my heart racing but I wouldn't let out the tears. My pride was too big. I wanted to be strong so I did my best to hold it all in, and I did. At this conference they offered the audience who wanted to go up for prayer and dedicate their life to Jesus Christ. Surprisingly I went up, but I went up with other people that were seeking out salvation. I wasn’t sure if I was going up to support the other people or if it was truly for me. I was confused, even though I said the prayer. I became more confused as the days went on and I wasn't feeling a difference in my life. Nothing was changing. I started reading the bible and many books, listening to sermons, and surrounding myself with positive people. I gave my life to Jesus, but I didn't feel like I was set FREE! I continued feeling empty, lost, broken, guilty, and hurt from the past. There were so many days where I just wanted to give up. Almost felt pointless to fight for my life. At this point in my life I didn't know God very much, but I had just a little bit of faith. My faith was as big as a mustard seed and God took care of the rest. Day by day, year by year I started noticing my life changing. I noticed I was changing. I started feeling happy with who I was and where I was in life. I no longer questioned God about the things that happened to me. In my heart I was ok with the wounds, the hardships, and trials from the past because I now understood those wounds and trials. I realized I was SET FREE! not perfect but set free. I started understanding who I was as a child of our heavenly father. Now it’s Jan 2018 and I’m in awe of who I am and where I am in life, all because of Jesus. His so faithful! I think of the favor, the grace, his mercy, his love, his joy and blessing that he gives me even when I’m undeserving of it, it’s overwhelming. He has never left me nor forsake me. I can say Jesus you changed everything and my heart so forever thankful. 

Today, I encourage you like Jennifer Beckham encouraged me. Keep going and don't give up. No matter what your past looks like believe in your heart that you were created for greatness. Don't let your past determine your future, be the change you want in your life. You have it in you. There is so much more to life, don't miss out on it. It's time to take back your happiness, love, joy, freedom and so much more. It's time to take back EVERYTHING the enemy has taken from you. God has made you an overcomer. I speak it right now, that you will be victorious in 2018 and the years to come. Remember, God loves you! 

Psalm 136:26 (AMP) O give thanks to the God of heaven, for his mercy and loving-kindness endures forever!

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