Reputation Renewal

“A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold” (Proverbs 22:1 ESV).
There are two aspects to this statement: The first is the need for us to act and speak in such a way as to preserve our good reputation. The second is the need to be mindful of the reputation of others.
It is often a characteristic of the very young to disregard the importance of building a “good name,” blissfully assuming that reputation repair can be undertaken later.
Being disrespectful of elders or sowing one’s wild oats sometimes comes back to haunt a young person when he tries to seek a job with those very same older people who, as it turns out, tend to be in positions of influence!
You cannot put a price on a good reputation, which is why gossip is so abhorred by Solomon. With just a few thoughtless words, and within just a few moments, a reputation built over many years can be destroyed by the thoughtless or the thankless.
Nothing else ruins the truth like stretching it!
A good name takes a lifetime to build, and a moment of carelessness to destroy. So, are you a builder or a demolition expert?

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