Integrity is built on the INSIDE while Reputation is built on the OUTSIDE. One of the main reasons people want integrity is because they think it comes from the OUTSIDE. They think it is what people think about them. What people think about you is not INTEGRITY IT IS REPUTATION.
INTEGRITY IS NOT DETERMINED BY YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES! Two people can grow up in the same household or in the same environment and one will have INTEGRITY and the other will not. INTEGRITY is a matter of the HEART not our circumstances.
INTEGRITY IS NOT DETERMINED BY OUR CREDENTIALS: A person can have all kinds of letters behind his or her name and still not have INTEGRITY. A person with out credentials at all can have INTEGRITY and be a person that can be trusted. Once again INTEGRITY IS A MATTER OF THE HEART. Some people have a good heart and some people do not. The Lord said, “A good man out of the good treasure in his heart will produce good fruit.
Never confuse INTEGRITY WITH REPUTATION, THEY ARE NOT THE SAME THING. How many sports players you know who has a great REPUTATION but when you find out more about them, you can find many flaws in their INTEGRITY.
This is not what I want out of my life and hopefully you don’t either.