Establishing a good name
1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,
Loving favor rather than silver and gold. NKJV
1 Choose a good reputation over great riches;
being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold.
When people speak about you what do they say? Sure I know there are gossips and judgmental people that have nothing good to say about anyone, but what do everyday people say about you as a person? What sort of legacy are you establishing with your life? What are some ways to have a good name? When we allow the fruit of the Spirit to grow in our life we learn to care about others. Things like respecting and having empathy for the feelings and rights of others, being timely, paying our bills, keeping our word, being honest, being willing to admit when we are wrong, are all steps to establishing a good name. Take a minute to really think about this. Grab your notebook and let Holy Spirit speak to you about how you can establish a good name that will honor Father God. What kind of legacy are you leaving?
Climbing the Ladder
8 Those who plant injustice will harvest disaster,
and their reign of terror will come to an end.
Some people get ahead by stepping on others through injustice. They feel like the business world or their personal life requires them to do things that dishonor others in order to meet their goals. They don't care what happens in the wake of their words and actions. Have you ever wondered why injustice seems to prosper? If you have you are not alone...the Psalmist wrote..."Why do the wicked prosper"? I'm glad that both in the Psalms and here in Proverbs God makes it clear that those who are unjust will not prosper in the end. God will bring all of that to ruin. They will reap what they have sown.
28 Don’t cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers
set up by previous generations.
Years ago one of my Aunt's and Uncle had a boundary dispute with their neighbor. It ended up that they had to have the town come to do an assessment. Some folks might think God doesn't care about such things...but here we see that boundaries are important and need to be honored. We need to always be respectful. If you buy a house always know where your boundaries are....and if you rent it is also a good idea to know the boundaries so you don't overstep.
What verse stood out to you as you read today?
What action steps do you need to make today?