Tuesday, April 8, 2014


When I was growing up, having a good reputation was important.  You shouldn't do anything to adversely reflect your reputation or the reputation of your family.  We were brought up to be truthful, helpful, kind, considerate, loving.  You gave up your seat for an older person, listened quietly & reverently in church or other meetings, visited with family, held doors open for others, helped wherever possible, spent time with people.  If you disagreed with something an older person said ~ you kept it to yourself.  If you said you were going to do something for someone ~ you did it.  You were dependable. The way you dressed also affected your reputation...little effort is made in that arena today.  I know these are old fashioned values & standards, but there is nothing wrong with that.

There is much in the world today & people that adversely affect my "take" on their reputation ~ good or bad.  Are you honest?  trustworthy? considerate? helpful? kind? decently clothed for the situation? respectful? friendly? selfless? humble? are you teachable?

All of these reflect on your reputation and the reputation of your family.  We should be worried or concerned with how people view us.  If something is wrong or we have given someone the wrong impression of ourselves, its our problem not theirs.  We should correct the situation, sincerely apologize when needed, take steps to correct our fault, repair the damage done, ask for forgiveness, pray the Lord gives us the strength not to fall back into bad habits.  There are many words that are said that should be unsaid ~ just because you think it, doesn't mean you should say it, text or email it.

I am thankful that my parents were concerned about these things.  Looking back, I can see they lovingly guided us through our growing up years, taught us right from wrong, expected us to behave (no, we weren't perfect), tell the truth, carry through with our commitments.

Thanks Mom!

I love you & HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

1 comment:

  1. Your daddy had a stellar reputation. I remember at his funeral how everyone spoke so highly of him. The recurring comment was ' you could trust Bill"..."if Bill said something you could count on it being done". It made a lasting impression on me as to how I would want people to remember me.


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