What are your core values? Core values help guide you in your daily life. They help you navigate through the quagmire of lies, deceit, integrity and even love. There are a lot of core values but let’s just look at one. Let’s look at integrity. Integrity is a big word. It’s nebulous. The denotation isn’t always inline with the connotation. One could say that’s how some of us live. We say we stand for XYZ but upon examination we find that this is untrue. Some times our words don’t match our actions. Integrity. Yes, it’s a funny little BIG word.
Recently, both the Jodi Arias and George Zimmerman trials gripped the American media. Sides were drawn and people “knew” whether the person was guilty. This is ironic since most of us weren’t on the jury. The media doesn’t know all the information either. The jury were sworn to do the right thing. Their integrity was at stake as well as the freedom of the two individuals on trial. Lawyers, the very people trained and sworn to uphold the law, are some of the very ones looking for legal technicalities to help their client. In truth, that’s what they are supposed to do. Yet, when one’s toes are aligned with the outreaches of the “line” of truth, then it’s easy to question their integrity.
We live in a time where many believe there isn’t a “truth.” Rather, we all have our version of truth. Personally, I think that is a cop-out. There has to be a line. If everything is truth then there is a lot of lies out there. Integrity calls for one to stick with the truth and stand for it even when others don’t agree. Integrity is hold onto a values system while the other is an “anything goes” lifestyle. As such, how can you hold onto something if there aren’t any rules?
The Nation was split during the Arias and Zimmerman trials. Racial tensions were high during most of the events and even afterwards. Expression of one’s feelings in itself isn’t bad. It becomes destructive once we resort to physical abuse or name-calling because the other side doesn’t agree with “our thoughts.” Integrity. Yes, there goes that word again. Integrity doesn’t allow us to force our thoughts and beliefs upon another person. This doesn’t mean that we will dilute our stance or belief in order to accommodate the other person. No, if we’d do that then we do not have any integrity at all. Integrity allows us to stand our ground on our belief and live the life we proclaim. Unlike those “brave” people on Social Media who are everything to everyone, we must stand for something. The individuals who vacillate between beliefs and ideas are the ones without integrity. I’m certain you’ve met a few. They believe in everything but not one thing in particular. This escapism allows them to be stay on the fence. I encourage us all to live our lives through our core values. If we do, we will be the type of person people can come to in times of trouble. If we don’t, we embody the old saying, “Stand for something or fall for everything.” Let’s take a stand today and live a life of integrity based on our core values. In doing so, lets not tear anyone down. If we do, we won’t be able to build them up later.
Yves N. Johnson is the Founder of Christ Is My Savior Ministries, LLC. He’s a National and International speaker. His subjects ranges from personal development to Spiritual Warfare. His second book, Outside The Wire: Spiritual Warfare, is due out on August 15, 2013. His debut book was, There Is No Gray In Moral Failure: A Practical Guide In Preventing Financial and Sexual Abuse.