Saturday, August 1, 2015

A Good Reputation

“Mr. Edison,” said his secretary, “we just had a customer call and complain about a defective battery that we manufactured.” Surprised at the news, Thomas Edison wondered what might have caused the problem. Discouraged but not defeated, he began a large advertising campaign asking people to return the defective batteries his company manufactured for a complete refund. The cost to replace the batteries was staggering. The cost, however, meant nothing to him. When he compared the cost of the recall to the value he placed on is name, it did not matter.
It is critical for Christians to have an honorable name. Whatever we do, whatever we say, wherever we go we are representatives of the Lord Jesus Christ. If we fail to live lives of integrity our witness will be damaged, our message questioned and our testimony impaired. And when that occurs, God’s name is damaged and His message becomes questionable.
Being honest and open in everything will eliminate our need to worry about being exposed or not living up to what God expects of us. He calls us to live lives that are in agreement with His Word, to follow Him and His eternal directions carefully and to ask Him to place a guard over our speech so we will not say things that are untrue, hurtful or harmful.
Prayer: Father, we ask that You will be at work in us and through us that we may represent You faithfully in all we do and say. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 22:1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold.

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