Words from the Heart for Thursday November 9th, 2017
You should want a good name more than you want great riches. To be highly respected is better than having silver or gold.
Proverbs 22:1 (NIRV)
A Good Name
It is not old-fashioned to be a person of our word and a person who can be trusted. Integrity and character are still honoured (and required) by the Lord. The respect we earn by following the Lord’s ways is of far greater value than cheating or taking illegal shortcuts. Ask the Lord to guard your decisions and practices. He will do so to protect His name…and yours!
Canadian parents are expressing their national pride through the names they are giving their children. Some children have been named after quintessential Canadian towns, like Orillia, Regina and Kensington. Others have been named after Canadian leaders – Layton, Harper and Justin have been popular in the past few years. There have even been children named after Canadian provinces – Nova and Saskia have been recently recorded. One classic Canadian name remains perennially popular – Anne with an “e”. The Green Gables story never grows old.
It has been said that it takes a lifetime to get a good name and one action to destroy it. We have seen this happen so often in these days of social networking. But it has always been so, even as far back as King Solomon. Proverbs 22:1 says “You should want a good name more than you want great riches. To be highly respected is better than having silver or gold.” Solomon was known for his great wisdom. That was a gift God had given him and it helped him to make decisions that led to his being respected in his day and even in ours. In our day, those who are wealthy are considered most successful. But Solomon reminds us that a good name is worth far more than all the riches the world offers. A good reputation, being highly respected, is still thankfully of great value in our world. Young people need to be reminded of this when they post things online. Leaders need to be reminded of this when they are faced with ethical decisions. Desire a good name more than great riches.
These have been words from the heart.