Good Reputation

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Daily Reading: Job 16:1-19:29, 1 Cor. 16:1-24, Psalm 40:1-10,Proverbs 22:1

Daily Verse: “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.” Prov. 22:1

Good reputation.

Earning and maintaining a good reputation takes effort and time to build but only a moment to destroy. Wise people recognize the value of living up to their word, exemplifying dependability, and taking responsibility for their actions.

Today’s verse reminds me of a young entrepreneur friend entering ninth grade this fall. A crafter like myself, she does one-day events throughout the summer. Her most recent craft show, scheduled on a day with a 115-degree heat index in the hot Virginia summer, tested her reputation.

“I can’t cancel, Mom; my reputation’s on the line. People won’t want me at their shows if I cancel.”  She told her mother, who asked her to cancel because of the intense heat.

In the end, the organizers canceled the show. Still, my young business friend recognized the need to live up to her commitment and thus develop a good reputation in the crafting community.

Work to earn a good reputation, live up to your commitments, and become well-respected.

Lord, thank You for showing us the value of a good reputation. Help us become well-respected people in our communities as we live up to our commitments, keep our word, and exemplify Christ in all we do. IJNIP. Amen

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