Posts Tagged ‘reputation’

  

“A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches.” (Proverbs‬ ‭22‬:‭1‬ NKJV)

In the northeast corner of Louisiana is a tiny town called Transylvania. Twice a year I pass through this little hamlet on my way to other places. With its boarded up school and a few run down buildings, it all adds to the spooky allure! I look forward to seeing it each time!

And yet the town wasn’t named after Dracula’s domain, but after Transylvania University in Kentucky. The man who founded the town, Dr. W. L. Richards, was an alumni who loved the school and named this town in its honor before the Civil War began. And yet, because of its later vampiric infamy, the goodness of the town’s origin and legacy of its beloved name is lost in the darkness of another’s. 

As you come to church today, consider your own name. It was given to you in the innocence of your beginning. What have you done with it since? Does your name, in other people’s ears, ring with images of the Master or with pictures of darker things? Let your name be so entwined with the Lord’s that they can never be separated but always thought of with honor! You are loved today! 

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“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!