Sometimes you are an example to those you would least suspect are even paying attention to you. These "secret admirers" watch your behavior from afar. They might watch because they truly admire you, or they might watch because they want to catch you doing something that goes against what you stand for.
Having integrity means you do what is right even when no one is watching. It's a quality we should all strive to develop. Integrity makes you honest and trustworthy. It makes you dependable and charitable. It's a quality that might come easy for some, and for others is a daily goal they aim to achieve.
Whichever category we are in, if we become more aware of our actions ~ making sure we are doing what's right whether we are in a crowded room or by ourselves ~ the example we set for those who might be watching will be one we can be proud of.
Think of someone in your life who you have looked up to. What was it about this person that you liked? What qualities did they possess that you wanted to emulate? Did being around them or watching them make you want to be a better person?
While this good example in your life might possess qualities you admire, they might struggle in other areas you aren't aware of. It's good to have someone to look up to, but, even if we do admire someone, keep in mind that no one is perfect. Each one of us has our own package to carry through life. Each package has its ups and downs. How we deal with our own ups and downs can help define our integrity. It can make the difference in whether our "secret admirer" is watching with admiration, or waiting for us to fall.
We should look for examples in our lives that will build us up as individuals. We should admire those who live with integrity and who aren't afraid to let that integrity shine. We should strive to be the kind of example to others that we can be proud of. By aiming to attain integrity, we are exemplifying He who is the greatest example of all.
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