A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
Father it is more important to me to maintain my self-respect, dignity, and honor, and not disappoint You and my family here on earth, than to accumulate money and power that can quickly dissolve and leave me broke and alone. Father I want to make sure I leave this earth with my name in good standing, with the confidence that I did my best to serve the least of Your children, and that I gave my all in everything I did.
Father, I want to live my life as You so instruct and desire. I want to express the qualities that best reflect You and how You see me. When I stray from Your path, please redirect me either firmly or soft as You see fit, so that I can regain focus on Your mission and my purpose in life and in Your kingdom. In Your name I humbly pray. Amen.
What do you value more in your life, material wealth and possessions? Or spiritual wealth and eternal life with our heavenly Father? Does it matter that people think you’re a jerk but hang around you because you have (or will have) fame and riches (because they want to get their hands on some)? Or are you more moved by doing good and living well because you gave of yourself when you were least expected to do so?
How much of your time do you volunteer to help others who are least fortunate? I’m not talking about what you do for your job/career to help the underserved and underrepresented in poor communities, I’m talking about what do you do in your free time (and how much time are you freeing up) to go and serve others as God has commanded us?
Even if you are financially ‘poor’ are you also too spiritually bankrupt to help those who have it worse off than you? Can you not give 1-2 hours a week or month to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, educate the ignorant, enlighten those with blinders, and empower the powerless?
What you do to serve others as God’s servant is what marks you in history books, ours and most importantly, His. You can’t take your financial wealth with you, and it may not survive long after you’re gone, but your name and reputation will last lifetimes. What will be etched into your grave’s headstone?
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