A reputation of credibility is the capital that appreciates over a lifetime of wise, positive choices. You are many decisions away from building a reputable legacy, but just one unwise decision away from the need to rebuild a lifetime of prudent choices. That is why ending well is as important as starting well. A reputation of honor often opens doors of opportunity and constructs platforms of prominence.
Like a bottle of wine that improves in quality and value over the years, the credibility of a good reputation seasons throughout the seasons. It has been said that your reputation precedes you, but I say that your reputation both follows you and goes before you. A bad reputation carries a stigma, but a good reputation carries one before kings and presidents. It’s not too late to finish well.
Proverbs 22:1 (NIV)
“A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.”
Practical Application and Assignments:
King David tarnished his reputation of honor and value when he committed adultery with Bathsheba. However, he chose to rebuild his legacy through repentance. One prayer of heartfelt repentance puts your name in God’s Book of Life.
- Makes a list of the things you want to be remembered for long after this life is over. Remember, “The memory of the righteous will be a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.” Proverbs 10:7 (NIV)
- As Dr. Laura Schlessinger says. “Now go and do the right thing!” Everywhere you go, you are on the platform in the spotlight. The world is your audience. Someone is watching you. If you are well thought of, you are wealthy! “A sterling reputation is better than striking it rich: a gracious spirit is better than money in the bank.” Proverbs 22:1 (MSG)
“ Earn a reputation for living well in the eyes of God and in the eyes of the people.” Proverbs 3:4 (MSG)