How are we viewed by others? And, where does the viewer get the impression that they’ve formed. Did we leave that impression because of poor judgment, or did we leave the exact impression the viewer has formed. Most of us work a life-time to portray a certain impression, a certain kind of reputation; one that would be viewed as honest, positive, moral, hardworking, balanced, faithful, and hopefully…. A good spiritual impression. While that would be our intent; it doesn’t always work out that way. As sometimes, in addition to those cited, we pick-up other impressions to our reputation that are not deserved. Sometimes we do things in our teen years, and as young adults that are not helpful to our reputation, but never-the-less, will sometimes follow us throughout life. Most of us “grow-out” of these childish pranks, and silly habits. Some mature the hard way… often paying a hefty-price, early in life, for certain mistakes made as teens and young adults. Then you have “other people” who interfere, un-appropriately, with one’s reputation…. For reasons not clearly understood. I’m not sure exactly how people view me; what they consider my reputation to be… But, I don’t think it’s bad, in fact, I think it’s pretty fair. I have first-hand knowledge of how “lies” affect one’s reputation, as I was a recent victim of someone having formed a very poor opinion of me from a business standpoint, and accordingly, decided “not to sell” me a piece of real estate. I only stumbled on these circumstances by chance, as I had been trying very hard for about six months to buy a particular office building. I wanted it badly, as it fit well into some important plans that I had been working for months. I made 3 or 4 offers, and just could not get a counter-offer. I thought the seller was just being a “tough-negotiator.” When the deal, finally, fell through… I was told that a disconnected realtor had told the seller… “You don’t want to deal with him… he burned up his own building and collected the insurance…some 20 years ago.” What???? W-O-W! My head did a complete 360. I didn’t even know this person personally, only by name in the business community. Why would he say such a thing? Why would he inject himself in a transaction that he was not involved? The FACTS: Yes, my building was subjected to a suspicious fire. And, because of the terrible economy of the early 90’s, I chose to take the insurance proceeds and paid off the mortgage and later demolished it. I lost over one million $$ over the next 20 years in rental income, plus the building. I was NEVER accused of, or thought to be at fault, and to my knowledge, the thought never occurred to anyone. I was the owner of the building, but someone else was renting it as a restaurant. Anyway….my deal with this particular Seller failed; all because “someone” chose to inject a LIE into an already difficult deal, thus, marring someone’s good reputation, at the same time. Random unkindness, or wicked intent? I chose to ignore the entire issue, leaving it to God to deal with, and moved on. Proverbs 6:16-19 says, “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” Exodus 20:16 – Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.” …Blessings…cjlb… 10/01/14.