“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” – John Wooden
Several years ago a friend shared a conversation with me where he was told the way he saw himself and the way others saw him was different. He judged himself by his intentions and others judged him by his actions.
People are watching their leaders. This is especially true, if not more so, when it comes to spiritual leaders. The life of a spiritual leader is under the microscope 24/7.
We have to be careful about how we see ourselves versus the way others see us. Sadly, there are only a few who will be honest enough to tell us how we are seen by others. We live in a culture where we are afraid of hurting someone’s feelings, or offending them. Therefore, we tend to say nothing.
There needs to be a good balance and the right attitude in the way we approach relationships.
We need to strive at making sure our character and reputation align themselves perfectly.