Be The Model of Integrity

It really is no secret that I am a die hard Astros fan. My Twitter feed is full of Astros fan accounts and the accounts of Astros beat writers so that I can keep up to date with all the happenings within the Astros organization. During the short 5-game ALCS there were two specific moments that my feed exploded with conspiracies and questions about cheating. Specifically, the Astros employee in the photographer’s area and the Red Sox pitcher constantly touching a shiny substance on his forearm after each pitch. The most interesting part from all of it that I read, was there was always an excuse/pardon for the Astros “cheating” and a death warrant for the Red Sox players “cheating”. Both of these things should have frustrated me, but in reality only the shiny substance really unsettled me.

Integrity isn’t something that we should strive for, long for, or expect from others only when it benefits us. Integrity is something that should be woven into every fabric of our being. It should be our desire that we are known for doing the right thing, at all times, not just when the end result is for our good. We should be known for owning up to our mistakes, and giving credit where it is due instead of taking all the credit for ourselves.

If integrity is a value that we want our students to exhibit, we have to lead the way in showing them what integrity looks like. May we be adults who are men and women of our word. May we strive to do what is right at all times, not only when it benefits us. And most of all, may we hold our students accountable to their actions when they are not walking in integrity.

Joel Gutowsky
Director of Student Life
Logos Preparatory Academy

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