Reputation

Reputation Customer Service Connected on MatrixA good reputation is built up over time with consistent behavior that is honorable. The word is defined as: “the general opinion or belief that are generally held about someone or something”.  To a large extent, my behavior today affects my reputation today and going forward.  When a teacher is too strict, they have that reputation with the students. Or if a teacher is too tolerant of misbehavior, then they have a reputation of being a “push over”.  My reputation is something that I have some control over, but it’s more about how I’m perceived. Check this out…

11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. (1 Peter 2:11-12 NIV)

 

As a believer, Christ calls me to a certain lifestyle and behavior. He wants my life to be a testimony of His Presence in me. He calls me to respect and honor others. He calls me to love others.

As a REALTOR, I’ve pledged to act and honor a certain Code of Ethics in my business and in my life.  I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t do everything right. In fact, I make mistakes every day. I will say though that I don’t make intentional mistakes or try to harm others intentionally. Taking care of my reputation is very important to me. I’ve had people who try to influence me to act on their behalf even if it’s the wrong thing for me to do. I want to be found living a good life and doing the right thing when faced with a choice.

I loved Andy Stanley’s book, “The Best Question Ever”, it gives insight in to how ask the right question before proceeding with action. Each action of my life builds up or tears down my reputation as a Christ follower. I don’t ever want to hurt the Lord or His Church by misbehavior or lack of action. I want to live a good life that honors Him and serves others because He’s called me too!

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Contrast

Good Vs Bad Dice Lucky Roll to Decide AnswerThere is a real contrast between good people and bad people. I mean you don’t have to guess which category they fall into. You can usually just observe their behavior and their conversation and know if they are honorable or not.

The Lord in His Word calls me to live an honorable and respectable life. He wants my life to reflect His Presence in me. My behavior, my choices, my decisions reflect His Presence, His character or not.

In Malachi, he ends his prophetic book by speaking to the contrast between good people and bad people. Check this out….

1“There is a day coming that will burn like a hot furnace, and all the proud and evil people will be like straw. On that day they will be completely burned up so that not a root or branch will be left,” says the Lord All-Powerful. 2 “But for you who honor me, goodness will shine on you like the sun, with healing in its rays. You will jump around, like well-fed calves. 3 Then you will crush the wicked like ashes under your feet on the day I will do this,” says the Lord All-Powerful. (Malachi 4:1-3 NCV)

I’m not sure how much clearer He can make it. If I’m proud and evil, destruction awaits. If I honor and serve the Lord, I will be full of life and actually help others by honoring the Lord and His call upon my life.

I don’t want my life to look evil at all. I don’t want there to be shades of gray. I want it to be crystal clear that the Lord is present in me and is honored by the way I live. I want my good life to be in stark contrast to the way I used to be.