I came across this quote and it really resonated with me:
“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” ~Oprah Winfrey
There’s a line in country song by Blake Shelton that goes “who are you when I’m not looking?” I’m often asked what I believe the keys to success are, and I have to say I believe it all starts here. Integrity.
Integrity is who you are when no one is watching. Integrity is what you do that no one can see. Integrity is doing for things for people that could never repay you.
I was listening to a sermon by one of my favorite pastors, Rick Warren of Saddleback Church, and he says “our true happiness is found in our service to others. God wired the world so that we’d experience the greatest joy when we’re doing something nice and being of service to other people.” Think about that for a second. There’s no greater feeling than knowing you’ve done something for someone that they couldn’t do for themselves. It’s why Zig Ziglar said, “you can everything you want in life, if you’ll just help enough other people get what they want!”
It’s why Jesus taught servant leadership. (A theme that ran throughout the New Testament.)
You want to experience true joy in your life? Are you having trouble getting “out of a funk” or sick and tired of being sick and tired? There’s an easy fix – go do something for someone else. Volunteer. Share a smile. Whatever it is…find an opportunity to do something for someone else. It can be someone you know, or a complete stranger. As Jesus says in Matthew 25:40 “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it also to Me.”
I believe with the current state of affairs that the world is in, not to mention the United States, the entire world could use a good dose of this, and it all starts with you and I.
Make it a goal. Tomorrow I will do something nice for someone. I will do something for someone that they cannot do for themselves. If the opportunity doesn’t appear right away, I will look for a way!