As I was walking dogs with my good friend Dean this morning, he was recounting some of the challenges of his job over the past several years. One incident that caused some stress involved a woman who worked for Dean at a large public utility. She was apparently troubled and misinterpreted some corrective guidance by Dean as "harassment". Human Resources was brought in to investigate the allegations. It was possible to interpret the words Dean used two ways, depending on the context in which they were delivered. Dean explained his intent to correct work-related behavior. Fortunately, he had earned a reputation for fairness in supervising his employees that was well known and the woman's false allegations did no harm. I was struck with the importance of our reputations. Because he had been fair and reasonable in the routine times, his reputation carried him when under attack. It made me consider how important our reputations are in the Lord. Am I walking with Him and properly reflecting Him in the routine of life? I think we'll carry more credibility for the Lord if that is the case, when times get tough.
Acts 6:3 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;