God woke you and I up this morning for one purpose:
To "Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples."
1 Chronicles 16:24
He "made all things, and everything continues through him and for him. To him be the glory forever." Romans 11:36.
And"'There is only one God, the Father, who created everything, and we exist for him." 1 Corinthians 8:6
"Why does the earth spin? For him.
Why do you have talents and abilities? For him.
Why do you have money or poverty? For him.
Strength or struggles? For him.
Everything and everyone exists to reveal his glory. Including you." Max Lucado
Declaring His glory involves speaking up.
For many years of my Christian life I was the talker. I answered every question because I knew all the answers (or so I thought). Then life got hard and so did my heart. I began to be bound by fear of offending or fear of making people feel stupid. So I didn't share much. Loud mouth became quiet.
For example if someone asked my how my time with the Lord was, I would say "Oh just ok" when it had been incredible because I didn't want to make the other person feel guilty if they hadn't had a stellar time with the Lord. Twisted huh! That's where bad boundaries will get you.
Well, praise God, He began to heal my wounded head injury (spiritually, since I was believing twisted lies.)
And enabled me to see that the good and the bad both point to Him. I can delight in and be excited about the amazing things God has done in me and can share it with people just as much as I can be in awe of how He redeems the bad because it's not about me at all.
Oh my, I guess that is just a long way of saying that what people think, whether good or bad about me, my reputation is really not even about me.
We don't need to worry about what others think about where we stand in this world. It's all just about focusing on Him and let Him place us with the platform He desires.