The gossip grapevine soon fueled all sorts of personal accusations, most of it subtle but some of it downright slanderous. Very few understand why or how to prevent it. The intention here is to sell an image of ourselves. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. This is infinitely more difficult than misleading and deceiving people.
Sometimes you might have to choose one. When their character was revealed which happens in intimacy they were a complete let down. Our whole purpose on this earth is to bring glory to God and His kingdom. Oftentimes, good character may be a problem for an individual in this life. You may run me for a profit or run me for ruin—it makes no difference to me. If I allow the most important issue to be how something will look to others, then I will immediately go into damage control and take actions to limit any news getting out. Check in with your character and look within your own heart to see the direction you are leading, then listen some more and have faith in your own abilities and virtue.
Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Nobody can ruin your character. Unseen in the heart of the tree, far beneath the textured surface of the bark, He fashioned and formed another growth ring. The tree pointed out to the shadow. In this sense, it can be understood as the image that the society has on a person.
If we have character, our reputation will take care of itself. As a follower of Jesus Christ, these should line up the same in your life. Your character is of your own making, your own choice. The tree is what it is, regardless of the light being shone on it. Rewards of having good character may not be immediate.
It struck me how easy it is to focus on what others think and to base many of your decisions and actions around avoiding judgement and shame. Caring is not a sign of weakness; it is a sign of strength. Our reputation is ours, very personal but also very easy to lose. Reputation is created through a sense of ownership and accountability. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Even if the woman had the purest form of character, she is sure to be criticized by the society.
We like to invest more on reputation and personality, but tend to neglect our character. Whenever you move your lips forming words to speak, Let them be strong and forceful, not meaningless and weak, Ecclesiastes 10: 1, remember whose reputation is now at stake, Better have a good excuse, not showing up or being late. How do you define character? Her reputation is built intertwined with the abuse. But if the example is artificial and not really a part of your life, that will eventually hurt others. Character is the real thing. When there is a glitch of untruth emerging, our challenge in leadership character lies in controlling the emotional impulse to react defensively on our triggers of fear, anger, insecurity, hurt ect.
Your character is within you and your reputation is outside of you. A reputation that grows out of a good character is simply giving honor to whom honor is due. When Jeff sought my advice over lunch, I could tell that he was deeply hurt. He was respected throughout the city for his outstanding Sunday school classes, which had drawn hundreds of people to his church. Behind every overnight success is usually 10 to 20 years of hard work that no one every payed attention too! But then he got caught in the middle of a congregational battle over the senior pastor. It is the framework of your leadership, and it develops your thinking, being and doing.
In modern sports, business, politics, and life the emphasis seems to be too often on reputation. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Hope to see you there at my seminars and speaking engagements! However, the contrast between the two stems from the reputation being more external, unlike a character. Reputation can be defined as the opinion of others regarding a particular individual. If you're the type of person to put on a plastic smile all the time or act like something you're not, then people will pick up on that and it's actually a part of who you are.
Make it a great day! Do you know what defines your Character? The reputation seeker cannot lead the way because he cannot move in any direction until he is assured that the army is already headed that way. Trained as an engineer, lawyer and mediator, Ken has conciliated hundreds of family, business, church and legal conflicts. Whilst reputation is an essential ingredient for gaining trust and acceptance I have come to realise that my focus has been the wrong way round. Our investment must go into our character, and the rest may or may not come. You always have thought provoking question. Talk about putting the cart before the horse.