A good name is more desirable than great riches;
to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
Singer/ songwriter Bill Gaither tells the story of when he and his wife Gloria started looking for property to purchase and build their first home. They searched the area, an area where they had been raised all of their lives as well as their parents and grandparents. They found the perfect property but when they started asking about the land, friends all said, the farmland belongs to Mr. Doe and he will never sell, “He always says, ‘No’. Bill was undaunted and made an appointment with Farmer Doe. At first Farmer Doe said, “No” but then he asked Bill again, “What did you say your family name was?” Bill answered, “Gaither” Mr. Doe asked, “Is your grandfather William Gaither?” ‘Yes’, Bill replied. Mr. Doe said, “When I was a young man just starting out I had no money and no experience and was ready to give up until your grandfather stepped in and helped me. Because of what he did for me, it would mean a lot to me to help his grandson. I will sell to you the land you are asking for” The value of a good name can bring benefits for generations; a good name is something we can begin developing today.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in your current situation
Lord we ask you to shield the world from panic and despair as Your Church boldly proclaims the good news of Jesus Christ. In this uncertain time, may people find true comfort and peace in their souls as they call upon Your Name.