“When it is all said and done, my reputation doesn’t matter. It’s important, but what others think of me is simply out of my control. What does matter, however, is what I think of me. My integrity. That is something I can control – by taking care of the little things, day in and day out, when no one is watching.
Because I am – and God is.
Tony Dungy, Uncommon
Integrity involves the essence of who you are. You do not earn integrity based upon what others see you doing. Integrity is defined by who you are when no one else is around.
No external rules.
No external expectations.
No other eyes watching.
No need to justify or explain your actions.
In writing to the church in Phillipi, Paul takes ownership in the need to press on by beginning the statement “I…”. He realizes that the responsibility for “press(ing) on toward the goal” requires integrity, because many times it will begin with himself: when no one else is around.
Certainly, external pressures will come. Many obstacles will encourage us to deviate from the path and many bystanders through ridicule and enticement will seek to take us out of the race completely. First of all, however, we must deal with ourselves: our internal pressures.
Have you taken your struggles to the foot of the cross? Have you confessed the sin that Jesus has promised to forgive and to cleanse from all unrighteousness? Do you remind yourself of the need for His grace, mercy and strength daily?
Repent. Seek forgiveness. Allow the Holy Spirit to grow you in integrity, for it is needed to press on toward the mark…
- “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” ESV