When no one else is around - or looking.
Who are you when you are by yourself?
Integrity is not what we do as much as who we are.
Image is what people think we are. Integrity is what we really are.
The word "integrity" comes from the Latin word "sinceros" (where we get "sincerity"), which comes basically from the phrase "without wax."
Potters fired jars in ovens. Often, they were too hasty in firing them and the jars came out with cracks in them. It was common practice to fill in and hide these cracks with wax. But every once in a while, a vessel would come out with no cracks.
It was a whole, valuable vessel, and on the bottom they would write in Latin, "sinceros."
A vessels of integrity, with no cracks. It's a whole vessel.
That's what God wants us to be.
Remember, today, my friends - that God "never leaves us nor forsakes us."
Both is the good times - and those time when we are living in "hiding."
Just a challenging thought for a Tuesday.