Dear Son, Your reputation is priceless. Protect it!
“A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches.” Proverbs 22:1 (NKJV)
Your reputation and name are inseparable. A short list of names demonstrates this fact, both good and bad: Ronald Reagan, Anthony Weiner, Tim Tebow, Aaron Hernandez, Paula Dean, Abraham Lincoln, Hitler, and Jesus. Each name conjures images of either a sterling or tarnished reputation.
A reputation takes a lifetime to build, but it can be destroyed in seconds. Therefore, you must protect it with vigilance. In recent years, one’s reputation is growing more difficult to protect due to two factors: increasing temptations and social media. You are not only being bombarded by an increasing assortment and access to temptations, it is also easier to get caught and published for the world to see for all digital eternity.
Reputation Protection Plan
- Surround yourself with good people.
- Be careful where you are. If you find yourself in a compromising situation, look for the escape and go. “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 (ESV)
- Be careful what you are looking at and filling your mind with. Images lead to thoughts and thoughts can lead to actions.
If you fall, seek the forgiveness of God and any others involved. Remember, God will forgive, but people will find it difficult to forget.
If you damage your reputation, repair it with humility and diligence.
What do you want people to think when they hear your name?