Monday, December 13, 2010

What's In A Name?

At the end of the War Between the States, General Robert E. Lee was without a job. He was presented with two offers that had received his attention more than all the others. One offer was from a small college that could only assure him of a salary that would meet his basic needs. The other offer was from a great insurance company that would provide him with a large salary.

When this offer was presented to him, he was told by the leaders of the insurance company, “You really won’t need to work. We just want your name.”

“But,” Lee protested, “my name’s not for sale!”

Lee decided to accept the presidency of the college and he led Washington College into becoming one of the greatest educational institutions of his day. At his death they renamed it Washington and Lee University.

We find some great advice in the Book of Proverbs. “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches.” Though wisdom may enable a person to achieve much prosperity, the rewards that matter most come from righteousness and kindness. In the end, they have more value than all the wealth in the world.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, teach us to make wise decisions that always honor You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture: Proverbs 22:1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold.

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