“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” Yes, your character is who you are when no one is watching. Your reputation is who you are when everyone is watching you. I have known people who as my grandmother used to call it “put on a front” for being nice or good while certain people are around but then around a different crowd they change. Isn’t that what God calls “wishy washy?” If I am going to build anything it will be good character. If my character stands out my reputation will be right there cheering it on. Besides how can I grow up in Christ effectively and in strength if today I am on this side of right living my life the way I think God wants me to live, and tomorrow I am hanging out with a questionable crowd because it’s the in thing to do? My character has to flow from the inside out instead of in reverse. If I build my character what you expect me to be there is no way I can be pleasing in God’s sight. My main goal at this point in my life is to please God and not man. If I do that, all else will follow.
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