In the past two years I have noticed a strange and disconcerting pattern emerge. I have noticed it in coffee shops, churches, businesses, movie theatres, and restaurants. I have personally been effected by it and have known people whom it has offended. It happens with scheduled meetings, it happens with dates, and it happens worst of all on Sunday mornings…
It is the phenomenon of lateness.
It is not just the act of being late, but it is the act of being “culturally late”. What does it mean to be culturally late? Cultural lateness is looked at as the norm, it is shrugged off and explained away as being part of who the individuals are, and it goes undiagnosed for far too long. This phenomenon is not excusable, it is a reflection on an individuals integrity.
I have found myself sitting alone and waiting on far too many occasions because someone has low integrity. A text, call, email, or facebook message is not an acceptable way to shed the responsibility of honoring a commitment. If your go-to response is to send a text before every scheduled meeting because you are running late you need to change your habits, set reminder alarms, leave earlier, and become a person of your word. If you cannot honor your integrity you will loose trust, respect, and miss out on great opportunities.
Are You Allowing Culture to Influence Your Integrity?
It may not seem like it, but your integrity says more about you than you know. Our actions often speak louder than words. If you are constantly showing up late to meetings, events, appointments, and church services it is sending a message. A message that communicates that you and your time are more important than your scheduled engagement. We have all experienced the events of alarms not going off, kids refusing to cooperate, or a car that wouldn’t start. But when those events become habitual the routine needs to change.
As Christians our words, actions, and habits are always on display. Constant lateness and a refusal to strive for excellence in integrity can send negative messages about our beliefs. We have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb and given new life in Christ. If we are not living to honor that sacrifice we have the potential to distract and repel non-believers from encountering the risen Lord.
Does Your Integrity Reflect Your Faith in Christ in a Positive or Negative Way?
If Not, What is One Way You Can Change Your Routine Today?