Has Your Integrity Been Challenged at Work?
Have you felt the pressure to conform to or go along with leadership or the company you work for, but in your heart you knew it was wrong? Sure, no one wants to rock the boat or cause waves at work, and certainly no one wants to lose their job. So, what did you do? How do you handle integrity challenges at work? Jobs are hard to come by and as Christians we want to be good, reliable workers who don’t cause problems.
Let’s Get Specific About Integrity
To know if your integrity is being challenged we must understand exactly what it is. Integrity is being honest, truthful, the same, trustworthy, and having good character, no matter who is watching or not. Integrity isn’t easy. It means you won’t compromise your inner personal beliefs for popular opinion, for cultural norm or for pressure from others. God and His Word are at the center of integrity and are the source of strength to live with integrity.
“Integrity means ‘wholeness,’ being the same person at all times. It means having upright moral character; a person of integrity consistently does the right thing, even when it isn’t easy.” www.workmatters.org
If Your Integrity is Being Challenged at Work You May Feel…
- Challenged to go against your gut instinct and what you know is right.
- Torn because leadership is asking you to fudge or elaborate the truth of a situation…nothing too drastic just a little here and there.
- Afraid that if you follow your heart you may lose your job.
- Confused over what to do, resulting in sleepless nights.
- Anxious because it feels like a no-win situation.
- Swayed to second-guess yourself because everyone else is doing it, but knowing that does not make it right.
- Stupid and wonder if maybe you are making a bigger deal out of it than it really is.
“Destruction is when what is right is called wrong and what is wrong is called right.” Pastor Rick Warren
What is the Solution?
The solution is found in turning to God’s Word (specifically the book of Daniel) for wisdom and instruction. Daniel and his three friends were captured by Nebuchadnezzar. Nebuchadnezzar intended to brainwash them with the Babylonian culture. Daniel and his friend’s integrity was challenged, but each time they were willing to speak-up for truth and challenge practices they knew to be wrong. They risked everything including death because they fully trusted God. Read chapters 1-6 of Daniel to get the whole story. But in short, Daniel teaches us:
- Turn to God in prayer all the time…not just during compromising situations.
- Come up with practical, creative solutions that keep your integrity intact.
- Have the courage to do what is right.
- Trust God for guidance and provision.
- Be willing to go against the cultural norm.
- Don’t react hastily, rather pause and seek God.
- Wait for clarity and then act.
- If being a person of integrity sends you into a fire pit…God will be with you!
“Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.” Proverbs 10:9
A Chickening-IN Moment
A person of integrity will face workplace challenges. Wisdom, courage and faith will be required. It will be a time to Chicken-IN and trust God. Prepare yourself by reading the book of Daniel and stay close to God. In those Chickening-IN moments, He will give you what you need- guidance, strength and ability.
“For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright, He is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for He guards the course of the just and protects the way of His faithful ones.” Proverbs 2:6-8
Have you been challenged with integrity at work? How did you handle it? What was the result? I would love to hear from you!
Sincerely with Hugs,
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