Each day we go to work and build the body of work we will be known for. And this is not just on our jobs. We’re building a reputation throughout our life and relationships. And for better or worse, without saying a word, this body of work will speak for us.
Naturally, we update our résumé when applying for a new job. We want to highlight the work we’ve already done in order to build confidence – demonstrating we can be trusted to do the work ahead of us.
And while some are more concerned with our affiliations, it’s our body of work that speaks for itself.
A talented artist, for example, doesn’t have to try to convince someone of his talent or name-drop some prestigious school in order to gain creditability. He simply has to show his work. And if this is not enough, it’s likely no amount of words will change someone’s mind.
When Jesus was questioned about his teaching, he referred the high priest back to those who heard him teach. His body of work was open for all to see. And he had no need to further defend himself in that moment.
In a similar way our body of work will speak for us – everything from the projects at work to the stories we tell, the comments we post and how we treat family, friends, and strangers.
In the end, this is our reputation. The life we live lets others know what to expect in relationship with us.
But unlike a work résumé, we cannot always cherry-pick the highlights we want others to see. Our whole life becomes the body of work others learn about who we are.
And when we’re careless, this can stain our reputation and hinder our ability to make an impact.
Consider the body of work you’re building throughout your life and relationships. And make sure it reflects the man God has called you to be.