Whatever you do, do it with excellence, with enthusiasm. Today we cover the last of the three do-attitudes, integrity.
We have heard a lot lately from political and religious circles about a lack of financial and sexual integrity. Chuck Colson, when asked at a speaking engagement in Chicago what he thought were the three most important characteristics of a successful leader responded: “Integrity, integrity, integrity.”
Integrity means, among other things, doing what you said you would do when you said you would do it. There are only two responses to an assigned task or responsibility: performance or excuses. Personally, I have seen a lot more excuses than performances. The landscape of promise is strewn with “yes, buts!” Don't promise more than you can deliver; then deliver without excuses! Better to under promise and over deliver than to over promise and under deliver. Personally, I place a very high value on dependability and faithfulness in those who work for/with me. Character counts; and, in light of what we read and watch on TV, it counts more than ever.
God places a higher value on our character than on our comfort or our convenience. There is a phrase in Psalm 15 that bears this out and speaks well to the issue of being good for your word; a person of integrity. It is found in verse four, "...who swears to his own hurt and does not change." The person who promises and carries through, even when it costs him something.
So, join me in a renewed commitment to practice the DO-ATTITUDES of excellence, enthusiasm and integrity. Along with Nike, I say to all of us, JUST DO IT!