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But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appear­ance or on the height of his stature, because I have reject­ed him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the out­ward appear­ance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

- 1 Samuel 16:7

Though I have heard and read many times how David became a king of Israel and how God chose him to lead His peo­ple, it always fas­ci­nates me how God see a poten­tial in a man in a way we can­not see.

In the eyes of man, when choos­ing the right­ful per­son to lead, we often look on  what a per­son has achieved, what are his or her skills and what he or she can bring on the table. But God does not. Know­ing this, it brings com­fort in me that when­ev­er I’m baf­fled with my inse­cu­ri­ties, I know God does not look at me like oth­er peo­ple did.

God chose David to be the next king of His nation not because he is strong or very attrac­tive in the eyes of many peo­ple. God chose him because of his heart. David’s heart is for God that’s why he is called a man after His own heart.

So how does char­ac­ter relates with the heart? Because char­ac­ter is an issue of the heart. If our heart is right before God, our char­ac­ter is the same.

Char­ac­ter is what we are espe­cial­ly when we are in the dark. Did you know that 99% of lead­er­ship fail­ures are char­ac­ter issues.

While rep­u­ta­tion is only the mere shad­ow of what a per­son is, what oth­ers will see. It is the exter­nal, that most of us pre­fer to devel­op because it looks good to oth­ers.

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David nev­er took care of his rep­u­ta­tion, through­out his life his ene­mies want­ed to kill him, yet he trust God. David took care of his char­ac­ter, of his right­eous­ness before God. Then God took care as well of his rep­u­ta­tion as a king.

But David’s char­ac­ter was not devel­oped in short time, it devel­oped through­out the  process of thru extreme pres­sures of tri­als and suf­fer­ing.

If you take care of your char­ac­ter , God will take care of your rep­u­ta­tion.

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