Reflections: Our Reputation

Over these past few weeks I’ve been writing about reconsiderations, revisions, and second thoughts regarding our Guiding and Defining Ideas illustration. I have one additional reflection, this one about our reputation. What do we want to be known for?

 
Reflection #7: Our Reputation
 
These last six months I have written some two dozen blog articles on a wide variety of topics. What is most important? Where is the center? What is most strategic? How do I fit in? These questions will all find their proper place when we consider our reputation.
 
When I sort through all the information I have presented and distill it down to its essence, perhaps I could summarize our desired reputation this way: We want to be known as people who make a lasting difference in the lives of those around us—especially families, friends, and neighbors.
 
Each of us has a need to be significant. We want to make a difference, and we want that difference to last. As Navigators, we believe in the transforming power of the gospel. We all want to see the gospel make a difference in the lives of the people around us. Naturally, the people nearest and dearest to us are our families, our friends, and our neighbors. 
 
In your own context, you have a unique vision of how that difference will work itself out among the people you care for. You will likely develop your own strategies suited to your best abilities and calling from God. Together, collectively, we can make a difference and have a great impact.
 
Now it’s your turn to reflect. What difference are you making in the lives of those around you? Make your mark and make it hard to erase!

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