Reputation vs. Character
Reputation is what you are supposed to be; Character is what you are. ( William Hershey Davis, professor)
Davis continues: “Your Reputation is learned in an hour; your Character does not come to light for a year. A single newspaper report gives your Reputation; a life of toil gives you your Character.” The TV’s “News Flash” and newspapers‘ headlines most often report on someone’s reputation. The impression may be very misleading. It takes a life of integrity to develop good character.
Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold. (Proverbs 22:1)