What is Your Reputation.?
(Proverbs Chapter 22)
“A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” -Proverbs 22:1
A reputation is something we can’t escape. It sums up who we really are whether or not we want it. You can’t buy reputation; you can’t deny it; you can’t inherit it; and you can’t change it without changing yourself. The respect of others and their affection for you is an asset you should want to pursue in life. Know that your character is a precious treasure that you should enhance each day by making wise choices.
Your reputation is not what you think of yourself, but rather what you are known to others as. When you hear a name, images of that person and what he or she is immediately will spring to your mind.
So, what do people think when they hear your name.? Do they think graciousness, godliness, diligence, and faithfulness.? Is your name sweet to their ears and thoughts.? How do they speak of you to others.? Are you often praised in your absence.? Do others crave your company.? Or.. Is your name a bitter thought.? Do they think harshness, selfishness, stubbornness, pride, moodiness.? Do they try to avoid you.? When others talk about you, do they have to make excuses for your conduct.? Do they pass over you, because you are more irritating than pleasing.?
Don’t ignore all of these questions.!
Your reputation and relationships are a great measure of your life and it’s important that you stop and examine what your reputation is with others. The Bible shows that God guards and protects His name very jealously. Why.? Because His name represents what He is. What we are and how others perceive us has everything to do with what we believe and practice. Shouldn’t we desire to protect our name just as He desires to protect His.? -2Corinthians 8:18-24 says we should guard our reputations.
Choose to demonstrate good character. If you are maintaining an honorable life including maintaining a proper attitude, behavior, and proper speech; then you are doing well at defending your reputation. 1 Peter 3:16 says, “when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.” You don’t have to protect your name from those who speak bad of you. Why.? Because they who are slandering have built their own reputation and no one believes them when they speak ill of those of good reputation.
Our reputations are built one day at a time and can be lost one day at a time. It takes effort and it can be a struggle, but it’s worth it and it will follow you throughout life. So aim diligently at obtaining a good report and do all you can to maintain an honorable life. -Colossians 4:5
“The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.” – Socrates