What does integrity have to do with returning a shopping cart?
It’s just a little thing. Nobody cares right?
These are relatively small things, but it’s with these simple scenarios that we lay the foundation for how we behave in the bigger things in life. Ever heard, “How we do something is how we do everything”? Probably not, but what about other things. Do we “fudge” the rules sometimes because of convenience? Does it matter if it doesn’t hurt anyone?
C.S. Lewis said that “integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching.”
People will park in a handicapped space without being handicapped. Employees will arrive to work late or leave early without putting in their full day’s work or taking the right procedures for accounting of the lost time.
This are not little things that don’t matter.
Colossians 3:23 says: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters”
This means doing the right thing regardless if your boss is watching or not. Be a person with integrity. If someone caught you be caught doing good, not someone that looks for ways to break the rules.
Just do what’s right.
We’re not perfect and we will do the wrong thing or make a mistake but it’s not a mistake when we choose to do the wrong thing. In a society where honesty and integrity are lacking, being a person of integrity is a goal we should all strive for.