Devotional 4/12

A good reputation is more valuable than costly perfume. And the day you die is better than the day you are born. Ecclesiastes 7:1

You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.
Henry Ford

Your reputation matters: another word for reputation is esteem. What people think of us matters: our reputation matters. A good reputation gives you access to a recommendation letter, or a business referral. We don’t live to be approved by people but by God. What’s your reputation in the eyes of God?

Reputation:
  • the beliefs or opinions that are generally held about someone or something.
  • a widespread belief that someone or something has a particular habit or characteristic.

Do you have a good reputation? Do you like yourself? Can you count on you? Can you trust yourself? What do you respect about yourself? What do you find honorable in your closest friends? What do your mentors or heroes do that make you think they are so amazing? Can people count on you? Or can a bad mood, a headache or menstrual cramp cause you to cancel on previous engagements or responsibilities? Are you reliable even when you are not happy, sick or grieving?

People will have opinions, and they are entitled to their own opinions as well, but these should not make or break us. Some people live in fear of what others think, and seek their approval. Have you ever met someone who became happy, or confident when complimented? These people usually receive validation from others. They measure their worth according to how people feel about them. What happens when the compliments stop or if they never come? This same people will outdo and outperform at all costs to win the approval of people. God knows you better than anybody could. And what He thinks is actually true, and not an opinion!

We receive approval from God’s word, and attention to us: and as many cannot perceive- our process and assignments. If God sends you into the realm of entertainment, He knows that at heart you are an entertainer. If God sends you into a banking position, your reputation in heaven is commendable enough to be a banker and handle other people’s money! We are not what we do and our value does not depend on the acknowledgement of others, but a promotion from God is based on his esteem of us. What does God know of you?

Self esteem is very important to God. We can accept love, compliments and challenges with much more ease and grace. With positive self-esteem we’re able to deal with whatever life throws our way. If God called us to it, we can have victory through it!

Let’s pray:

Father God, thank you for raising me up. Thank you for making me a reliable person, for making me a dreamer and a doer, and an open-minded creative strategist. Thank you for my sometimes crude, no nonsense attitude. I am not perfect but I am honorable, and I thank you for ME. I pray for those who are struggling with self esteem issues, and ask you to give them the grace to crucify their flesh, and not fear other people’s opinions of them. I pray you humble those who are envious, judgmental, insecure and contentious. I ask you to reveal your love and guide us to see ourselves as you do. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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