What does integrity mean to you? I found out that without integrity not only would other people not trust me but i wouldn’t be able to trust myself.
Integrity means being consistent in what i believe and what i do. People watch you when you don’t think they are and having integrity means never having to apologize for not living up to what you’ve advertised as ‘who you are’.
I look at my integrity as the result of the disciplined work that has went into shedding the unhealthy things from my life. God showed me through his word where i was deficient. I was given the choice whether to acknowledge what i was shown and then change.
Life is a lot easier when you aren’t hiding behind facades designed to protect your insecurities. I live a good life regardless of where i’m physically at and its because of where i am spiritually and mentally.
Integrity is a core requirement for anyone who would live a life worth any value. Whether you want that value for yourself or as a means of inspiring others there is a responsibility that comes with the image you project.
Having been found out as one who isn’t perfect and having been punished as one who broke the rules of society i gained my freedom. I became free to confess my wrongs and make alterations. The pressure was taken off.
Out there, some of you are still hiding. You haven’t been discovered for the fraudulent lives you live. Your selfishness hasn’t been exposed because you haven’t been put into the position where it would become evident yet. Your time will come though. If you don’t acknowledge that you are faking your way through life your house of cards will crash violently and suddenly one day.
Learn a lesson from a man who wore a mask for 25 years. Look hard into the mirror. Start making a difference in the lives of others because ultimately, the difference will be seen in you.
The image that you constructed to protect yourself from fear will fade and the image of God’s beautiful creation will be a source of strength to all who come into contact with you. The reflection of your integrity.
Adolphus E. Redding
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This post is written by an inmate. It is about being real, taking the mask off, admitting who and what we are, and above all rendering service to your fellow human. I follow their blog and get to learn of a different world, one I had worked in before, but one I can’t still say I know much about. It’s a great, courageous and therapeutic thing these guys are doing and I know they’re happy even with a like 🙂
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Thank you. This blog often convicts me of non-criminal but character-based evils that I allow to infest my life. This is gold: “The image that you constructed to protect yourself from fear will fade and the image of God’s beautiful creation will be a source of strength to all who come into contact with you. The reflection of your integrity.”