Reputation: commonly held opinion of a person’s character; the estimation in which a person or thing is held, especially by the community or the public generally; favorable repute; good name; a favorable and publicly recognized name or standing for merit, achievement, reliability, etc.

Synonyms for reputation: character, fame, honor, influence, name, notoriety, opinion, position, prestige, prominence, standing, stature, acceptability, account, approval authority, credit, dependability, distinction, eminence, esteem, estimation, favor, mark, privilege, rank, regard, reliability, renown, report, repute, respectability, trustworthiness, weight, éclat.

It has been my privilege to know many people who were, and continue to be, of stellar reputation.  Their influence lingers on. What I have learned has been etched deeply into my heart, and I hope it reflects in my reputation and character. While it is true that one’s reputation can be threatened by a single event, the people I most love, honor, and respect continue to surround me in that great band of witnesses; some on this thin sliver of eternity and others in the great beyond we call Heaven. One such witness is my father. I do not know of any who have not made mistakes, many more than one. Thank God for that, otherwise I would be so undone, so discouraged, so without hope because I know that I have made many mistakes and sinned many times. I have also been recognized for having made differences in peoples’ lives. Pretty humbling. John shares, in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (ESV). His amazing grace!

More is coming: Stay tuned for the next blog on disreputation.



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