A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
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 to you that people think you’re a jerk but hang around you because you have (or will have) fame and riches— and 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?
The more you do, the more you give of your time and care, the wealthier you become. Wealth starts on the inside.
Yes, even a person who sees themselves as powerless can speak words or perform an act that inspires and empowers others. You can share your food and clothing. It can be something you don’t want or need, or something that you have in excess (now that you assess your circumstances). You can share your knowledge and skills, fix something broken, or solve a problem. None of those things require money, and all of those things will positively impact someone’s life.
Does that make sense?
In and through your little you can give what appears to you to be a little, but to them that receive, they see and feel a lot.
Jesus ascended more than 2,000 years ago, Moses died more than 1,000 years before Jesus walked this planet— but look at the weight their legacies still carry in the minds and hearts of millions today. We speak of them as though we personally sat down and broke bread with them.
You shouldn’t think that what you do today won’t create a chain reaction of events, that will impact the distant future. Everything and everyone is related.
So consider these things as you look towards your final walk here: What will people say about you when you’re no longer here? What value will be placed upon your name? What will be etched into your grave’s headstone?
It’s not too late to realign, recommit, or reinforce your daily walk in honor of God.
Father, it is more important to me to maintain my self-respect, dignity, and honor, and not disappoint You— 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.