Years into my serving as a youth pastor, I realized something of infinite importance. My reputation is more important than I would like to think. It’s not that my actions or teachings aren’t important. In fact, they are the very things that inform my reputation. At some point along the way, I became convinced that what I am known for tells a lot about who I am.

One morning sitting in my former pastor’s office, I heard God’s voice via Isaiah 62:12. The description this city of believers struck me as a harsh critique on the modern church. Instead of being redeemed and sought after, it’s known as judgmental and separatist. It didn’t hurt that I was reading Paul Zahl’s Grace in Practice.

From this encounter, a new vision was realized in my life. I want to be known for being redeemed. I want to be one of those sought after people. Not sought after because I’m a celebrity, but because I can be trusted, have compassion, live grace-fully and provide care for the people around me.

Understanding this, it’s not enough just to do the right thing. I want to be known for doing the right thing and caring for others. What are you known for? What do you want to be known for?

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