Fresh Hope – 3rd August 2020

No matter what you say about yourself, your reputation has already spoken ahead of you.
How many times do you feel that others have judged you harshly, or how many times have you shown contempt for those that have tried to point out a weakness in your character?

The stark reality for us all is that we cannot blame anyone else for making up their minds about us, as the reality is that our reputation has formed for them an opinion of us all by itself! If people call you lazy, they don’t do it for no reason. Just face facts—you’re  lazy. 

Mine and your reputation is all that people have to go on…nothing else. No matter how you try and convince people that you will be on time, if your reputation is one of being late them why would they believe your words this time?

What are you being labelled as of late? Untidy, moody, stingy, pushy, loud, flirtatious, unapproachable?  Those titles are not given to you by chance, but by choice —your choice! You have chosen to be what you have proved yourself to be.
Think about it for a moment; have you ever heard of anyone that is hard working 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 just the same way that yours has spoken negatively for you.

So what should I do? 
Firstly, stop justifying yourself. 

Second, acknowledge your weakness.

Third, work on your character in that area of weakness.

Finally, Ask the Holy Spirit, and also an honest friend, to help you be accountable in any areas needing some work. You can turn around that old reputation and leave it well and truly behind. 

Here are a few choice statements gathered from people that made a huge impact in 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, 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 

Proverbs 22:1 A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold — The Bible. 

Pastor Mark

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