Reputation vs. Character

Warren Buffet said: “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five
minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”
That’s true. But ultimately we make decisions and choices not based on our
reputation but out of the core of our character. It was John Wooden, the
former UCLA basketball coach who said: “Be more concerned with your
character than with your reputation, because your character is what you
really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” In
other words, character is who you are when nobody is looking.
Study the words of Jesus from
Luke 16:10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted
with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest
with much.” The issue is faithfulness and faithfulness is not just a matter
of reputation, it’s a matter of character.
As we go about our day today, I pray that the Lord will change the
disposition and texture of our hearts, that He will give us the desire to
love Him and be faithful to Him, and to nurture faithfulness in our
Grace and peace,
Jim Thomas
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