Identity and integrity are closely related concepts. How do you understand their relationships and distinctions? What does each concept mean to you?
Identity defines who you are as a person. Integrity is something you choose to be. If you decide to live with discernment and high morals, your choices in life will reflect your high standards. Thus, you (your identify) will become a person with integrity and someone to be trusted. As a teacher and a person, I want to be an example to my students and show them that it is important to live with high values and integrity. My students are at a very impressionable age (10-13) and they need to have several good examples in their lives. Some, however, do not have very many adults who are good examples so it is even more crucial that I portray what it means to live with integrity. In addition, I cannot just portray what it means to live with integrity during class. Integrity must be imbedded into who I am as a person. My identity should equal integrity. If I do not exhibit integrity in all aspects of my life then I am not a women of integrity, I am living a double life. I desire to be the virtuous woman from Proverbs 31 and live a life with high standards. I desire to be a woman who "speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue" (Proverbs 31:26)