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Reputation

Every one of us has a reputation. That is an estimation in which a person is commonly held. It can be limited, if we are quiet and reserved and keep ourselves from the front of the pack, but that's still a reputation. Hardened criminals desire a bad reputation because they think it will bring them power and it will draw more "business" to them to do bad things. It seems crazy to think that is even possible but it is. It also causes others to fear them and that gives them leverage in those situations. But what most people want is a good reputation. They want to have honor, a good name and respect. They want people to look on them and express about them their good heart and actions. Here is the secret to a good reputation, as well as bad or limited one, it is earned. No one can get a reputation without putting in the work that is necessary. A good reputation starts in your own heart and works its way out to your actions. Solomon spoke of this when he said, "Never let l…

The Gold Standard

This phrase means the best, most reliable, or most prestigious thing of its type. It is special, top of the line and bows to no other. Wherever you see it activated, you are impressed and wowed. It doesn't seem like anything else could be better. If you were to boil down the Old Testament Law to a simple statement and then see this confirmed by the prophetic books of the Bible, what would it say? It is sometimes called the Golden Rule and is defined as the suggested basic principle to be followed to ensure success in general or particular activities. Matthew captured it in Jesus'  Sermon on the Mount when he said, "Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you (Matthew 7:12a)." This seems simple enough, doesn't it? Well, as you can see I have only quoted the first part of the verse. When we add the rest of the verse it makes it clear what Jesus was saying. "Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taugh…

In Private

There are some things that should be kept private. Jesus spoke of three toward the end of his teaching to a large group of his disciples on a mountainside. He spoke about good deeds, prayer and fasting. He said, "Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you (Matthew 6:4)." Do it with the right motive, not to be admired by others. Don’t draw attention to this act but keep it private. He said, "When you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private (6:6)." Those who love to pray publicly on street corners and at church do it so that everyone can see them and that has nothing to do with its purpose. Again, they are drawing attention to themselves and that brings only a temporal reward. Further He said, "When you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. Then no one will notice that you are fasting…(6:17)." Don't make it obvious that you are fasting or go to even greater lengths to…