14 One of the servants told Abigail, Nabal’s wife, “David sent messengers from the wilderness to give our master his greetings, but he hurled insults at them. 15 Yet these men were very good to us. They did not mistreat us, and the whole time we were out in the fields near them nothing was missing. 16 Night and day they were a wall around us the whole time we were herding our sheep near them. 17 Now think it over and see what you can do, because disaster is hanging over our master and his whole household. He is such a wicked man that no one can talk to him.”
1 Samuel 25:14-17
These two men had very different reputations. Nabal was known to be unreceptive, exclusive, and lacking judgment. He was the very opposite of hospitable. On the other hand, David's reputation was that of a good man. Yes, he was a fugitive pursued by the ruling King of Israel, but he was not acting criminally. David was known to treat people well, respect property, and protect those around him. Reputation matters.
Reputation can bring a man to ruin and save a man from being ruined. It is important how you treat people and conduct yourself, regardless of your position. Even in the most desperate times, a man's character is on full display and adds to his ongoing reputation. Start being aware of how others perceive you and ask for honest feedback. Be more like David and less like Nabal.
DO THIS TODAY: Build your reputation by seeking feedback.