Reputation vs Character
“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.”
“Worry about your character and not your reputation, because your CHARACTER is WHO YOU ARE, and your REPUTATION is what PEOPLE THINK OF YOU.”
Proverbs 22:1 – “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and gold.”
A person with a good reputation is looked up to as an outstanding leader in the village. It’s within the village you are known for who you are. Become a person who will do what you say and will go out of your way to help others reach their goals. Making others feel good about themselves speaks more about you than the title you carry.
Being consistent and doing what’s right especially when no one is watching are added jewels in your crown.
A bad reputation is unpardonable, and it’s unmasked by our attitude, behavior, and lack of good morals. It’s hard to recover from having a bad reputation.
We all make mistakes but sometimes an error can linger on in the minds of others ruining our reputation. As grown ups our reputation stalks our every move. We are at this stage to live life with limited regrets.
Proverbs 22:29, “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.” Your gift makes room for you at the top while idleness will make you eat crumbs off someone else’s table.
I find it difficult to be impressed by how big and influential someone may be until I see how they secretly handle their wealthy friends, the custodian, the low-income person, or someone who has nothing to give back in return.
Romans 12: 9-10 “Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle. Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.”
Simply rules to follow when CHARCTER MATTERS:
- Love from the center of who you are
- Don’t fake it
- Run for dear life from evil
- Hold on for dear life to good
- Be good friends with who love deeply
- Practice playing second fiddle
- Don’t burn out
- Keep yourselves fueled and aflame
- Be friends of God
- Don’t quit in hard times
- Pray all the harder
- Help the needy
- Be practical in generosity
Quote: “Watch your thoughts – they lead to your attitudes. Watch your attitudes – they lead to words. Watch your words – they lead to actions. Watch your actions – they lead to habits. Watch your habits – they form your character. Watch your character – it determines your destiny.”
PRAYER TIME: Lord, teach us to be true to what we believe even when under stress or peer pressure. Let our reputation be never tainted by any undesirable act or thought. Let us never be fake but remain relevant to the people in my life. In Jesus Name, Amen