Fresh Hope – Day 214

When you think about it, no matter what you say about yourself, your reputation has already spoken for you.

How many times do we feel that others have judged us harshly or unfairly?

How many times have you shown contempt for those who have tried to point out a weakness in your life?

Don’t blame anyone else for making up their mind about you, as the reality is your own reputation has formed in them an opinion of you all by itself.

If people call you lazy, they don’t do it without cause or reason; just face facts…you’re lazy!

Your reputation is all that people have to go on.

It’s no good blaming them for what they think about you. That job was well and truly done by your best friend or your worst enemy – your reputation.

Being labelled untidy, moody, stingy, pushy, loud, flirtatious, unapproachable, is not given to you by chance, but by choice – your choice, based on what you have proved yourself to be.

Think about it for a moment…have you ever heard anyone that is hardworking called lazy?

Have you ever heard a generous person being called stingy?

Highly unlikely; that’s because their reputation has also spoken positively for them in much the same way that yours has spoken negatively for you.

So what should I do?

Stop justifying yourself and acknowledge your weakness and build your character in that area of weakness.

Ask a loyal and honest friend to help you improve in any area needing some work.

Here’s a few choice statements gathered from people that made a huge impact on the society of their day…

“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”
― Henry Ford

“If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of itself.”
― Dwight Lyman Moody

“Your reputation is in the hands of others. That’s what the reputation is. You can’t control that. The only thing you can control is your character.”
― Wayne W. Dyer

“A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was.”
― Joseph Hall

We know when we are on the right road to change, as it’s usually uphill all the way.

Pastor Mark

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