Posts Tagged ‘goodness’

  

“Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold.” (Proverbs‬ ‭22‬:‭1‬ NLT)

Robert Hanssen was deeply religious, being a devout part of the Opus Dei sect of the Catholic Church. He was also very dedicated, giving almost 25 years of service to the Intelligence Field of the FBI. But what he lacked among his good traits was the most important one – he lacked character. Working as a double-agent for the Soviet Union, he was the most notorious spy in American history, costing many lives and endangering our national security, all for ego and a little more money to live on. 

According to the Bible, there are some things of greater value than riches, and one is relationship. We are not reflectors of God’s goodness because of our income status, political affiliation, or esteemed popularity, but because we simply act like God’s Word says we should. A good reputation only comes from right action, which in turn stems from godly character. 

Abigail Van Buren of “Dear Abby” fame once said concerning Character: ‘The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.’ The Golden Rule still applies! What I will do stems from who I truly am. Let your goodness stem from your godliness! You are loved today! 

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“Jesus…went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.” (Acts‬ ‭10‬:‭38‬ NIV)

In May of 2006, the last high school class to ever graduate from Spade, TX, entered the room to receive their diplomas. There would never be another. But among that tiny class of 5 teens was one more graduate, fulfilling a dream he never got to experience: graduating from high school. For as Sherman Jones’ class was graduating from Spade in 1950, he was in Korea, fighting not only for his country, but also for his life. (Google the video “Spade TX last graduation” to see the whole incredible story)

Sherman Jones, the sweet and disabled war vet, had no right to share the stage that night. But 5 young people decided to honor a man through the example of Jesus. They wanted to do something good. And that unselfish good act will live on to touch many, many more lives. Do good because it’s what we should do in service to our Lord!

I leave you today with the words of Dr. Kent Keith, made famous by Mother Teresa, the patroness of good works:

“People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you. Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight. Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today,people will often forget tomorrow. Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Give the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis it is between you and God; it was never between you and them anyway.”