“Brothers and sisters:
We are always courageous,
although we know that while we are at home in the body
we are away from the Lord,
for we walk by faith, not by sight.
Yet we are courageous,
and we would rather leave the body and go home to the Lord.
Therefore, we aspire to please him,
whether we are at home or away.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ,
so that each may receive recompense,
according to what he did in the body, whether good or evil.”
I have often heard integrity defined as doing the right thing when no one is watching (one attribution is to C. S. Lewis). It is not a bad definition, but there can be another way to look at it. Integrity comes from the word integer, which itself comes from the Latin prefix in- (not) and verb tangere (to touch). Therefore, it is untouched, entire, whole, or complete. All of the various parts form a whole, single unit. Everything in our personalities is integrated and integral to each part. Consistency and continuity between our beliefs, thoughts, and actions characterize us as persons when we have integrity. We end up doing the right thing when no one is watching because that is who we are, that is our true self.