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Our reputation precedes us; people hear about us even before we talk to them. So, evaluate yourself. Is your reputation good or bad?

Our reputation precedes us; it goes before us anywhere. That’s because people hear about us before talking to us in person.

There is a text in the Bible that talks about good reputation in the book of Acts 6. The beginning of the chapter says: “Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.” Acts 6:1-3

Peter gave a solution: to choose seven men of good reputation and full of the Holy Spirit.

Reputation is what others say about you: how you are, how you behave, what your character is, etc. When you connect one thing with the other, it becomes your reputation, and by it, you are promoted or demoted, and you will be counted for more things or not.

You shouldn’t ignore it. Many complain that they do not receive opportunities and are being discriminated against, but when we go deep, we find that their reputation is not good.

In this case, the best thing to do is not to complain but to take the feedback, analyse yourself with humility, and use it to change your behaviour and performance and improve as a person. Start doing things in a devoted, honest, dedicated way so your reputation will start speaking for you.

Don’t focus on people who don’t give you the opportunity; focus on improving as a person. Then, your reputation and your opportunities in life will also improve.

Check out more about the subject in the video above.

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Bishop Renato Cardoso