STOP AND THINK – Your Reputation is learned in an hour; your Character does not come to light for a year. (William Hershey Davis, Welsh poet and writer)
How quickly a reputation can be made! An otherwise good person can make one big mistake, and his reputation is instantly tarnished. On the other hand, a person can live a very good life, but it takes time before he or she is recognized as a person of integrity. Actually, it sometimes takes a lifetime to establish character.
The integrity of the upright guides them. (Proverbs 11:3) May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord, is in you. (Psalm 25:21)