What the Lord spoke to my heart on Sunday morning before going to church:
Do not focus on trying to save your reputation. For it’s only when you give up your life and offer it to Me that you will FIND true LIFE. Impressions are fading, they do not last or compare when measured up to the identity I offer you in Me–where you are FREE to be fully in Me, not fully lost and dependent upon your own strengths, desires, and pursuits. Surrender to My love, My power, My Holy Spirit–for only when the Spirit controls every aspect of your life–including your pride–will you be fully satisfied in Me. So give me your pride–that selfish ambition. It is not until you ABANDON your desire for a good reputation that I will make My own reputation GREAT through you. I will shine through the deepest areas of insecurity and allow My glory to envelop you. Your life speaks not as a testimony of what you have done, but as a testimony to My grace and My faithfulness flooding your life. Allow what I see about you to permeate your highest and lowest ideas about yourself. For, you are not your own. You are Mine. And I will make you a greater testimony for Me as you abandon your need for greatness. Seek My presence, and I will pour out My glory.