Let us consider names like [ ] or [ ] or [ ]. The cost for their caprices was lost empires. I never knew any of this famous trio of lost reputations, but I have known many others who could not keep safe the smaller moments of their lives. Reputation is not a treatise you write on your own behavior. Other people write it, and other people keep it.
Calvin Miller in Letters to a Young Pastor.
I’ve excised the names he quotes mostly because it’s not really necessary to name them. Insert the name of any fallen evangelical that you like. You get the picture.
That phrase…’many others who could not keep safe the smaller moments of their lives’. I find it arresting.
We look after the big moments of our lives so much more easily, more conscientiously.
But what of the smaller moments? What of those moments, apparently insignificant on their own, which nevertheless, viewed together, form the shape of a lifetime of integrity (or otherwise)?
Are we keeping those moments safe?