After taking the groceries to the car, my mom would always make me walk the grocery cart all the way back to the front of the store where they store all the rest.
Even if there was a group of carts all bunched up in the parking lot, I'd still have to take mine to the front. In fact, she'd have me grab another one along the way!
And while my mom thought she was teaching me to help out the store and the employees because she felt bad about someone having to run around and collect them all, she was really teaching me a lesson on integrity.
Integrity is who you are when nobody is looking. It's doing the right thing all the time.
We entrepreneurs are our own boss. It's an easy place to lose our integrity because we don't have "mom" sitting around teaching us right from wrong all the time.
But Godpreneurs that are putting #GodFirst in our businesses have an advantage - we know God is with us all the time. People without integrity will NOT want a relationship with God because they'll feel the guilt, but people with integrity know that we need the conviction so we can reap all the benefits that integrity has to offer.
The Bible says
“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world." (Matthew 5:8 MSG)
It's clear as day: God blesses those who have integrity - a pure heart and mind.
So what are the blessings an entrepreneur like you can expect when you live your life with a pure heart and authenticity?
When your mind and heart are in the right place, you get benefits that are internal, external, and eternal.
You get Entrepreneurial Personal Confidence
I have people on social media who hit me up all the time for mentoring and coaching. I want to believe it's because God's blessed me because I'm walking in integrity to my calling of helping entrepreneurs become Godpreneurs.
When you have integrity in your business life, you become the kind of person that employees, vendors, and clients like to be around because you know who you are and where you’re going.
But when you don't have integrity, you run out of the ability to put out good energy because you're spending every bit of good energy trying to not fall.
You Get to Leave a Legacy for Generations
I'm grateful for blogging because I know my writings will be on the internet forever. There's a great feeling I get because my children's children will be able to read about the person I was becoming on my Godpreneurial journey.
Your greatest legacy in business will be your integrity because it will last from generation to generation. If you manage to accumulate money, that will disappear when they fight over it when you're gone. Your business will end up in someone else's hands. All the diplomas on your wall will get thrown out.
The Bible says
"A righteous person lives on the basis of his integrity. Blessed are his children after he is gone." (Proverbs 20:7)
The character you carry today in business is going to be translated into the lives of the people around you and then into the lives of the next generation tomorrow. Your integrity as a Godpreneur will leave a lasting legacy.
You Get Rewards in Eternity
My mom's not with me at the grocery store anymore to make sure I take the shopping cart back, but I know God is watching to make sure I honor what she would want.
We tend to think that the rewards are in the big moments of life, where everybody is watching.
But the bible says,
“You are a good and loyal servant. Because you were loyal with small things, I will let you care for much greater things” (Matthew 25:21)
In business, it’s in the small moments that you show real integrity. Going the extra step for a client even though they won't notice is rewarded eternally.
Every small word of encouragement you give to an employee this week will be rewarded eternally.
Every small act of kindness (like taking the grocery cart back once you're done) will be rewarded in eternity.
Every time you reject a temptation to lie or cheat in your business, you will be rewarded in eternity.
All of us Godpreneurs have the same proposition from God - you will be blessed when you have a pure heart. And that blessing has ramifications now and forever.