I was trying yesterday to motivate myself to run and not quit. I could not believe how hot and humid it was so early in the morning! I started running at 7am and was dripping in sweat and quite tired way earlier into my 5-mile run than I am normally. So, I tried to challenge myself that if I could see a car (or hear one coming up behind me) I had to… had to be running. There was no walking.
I kept doing this but began to realize that I was actually walking more than I wanted, because I would run with the anticipation of losing sight of the cars. Then, I would feel the freedom to walk.
I stopped focusing on this and just started running and praying and found that my endurance was better. Once I focused on running the route with the best time I could for the glory of God (I started quoting 2 Corinthians 5:9 to myself), I lost focus of how tired I was and when the cars were in sight or not. As simple as it was, I found myself a little convicted about the heart behind my “when I can see cars” motivation because of its lack of integrity.
As mentioned above, integrity is what you do when no one is looking. I am only as on fire for God, as good a wife, as wholehearted a worker, as loving a person, as good a runner as I am when no one except the Lord can see me.
How are you exhibiting (or not exhibiting) true integrity?