Week 36: A Good Name

Week 36: A Good Name

Today’s Text: Proverbs 22

Key Text: Proverbs 22:1

A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

How important is your reputation to you?

To the writer of Proverbs, the reputation was of great importance – “more desirable than great riches,” – that about says it all.

These days, I think there might be quite a few would who beg to differ.

A big bank account, a fancy car, the latest wardrobe, a great vacation getaway, a corner office, a strong stock portfolio, a nice corner office overlooking Main Street from the 125th floor – these are the things many – too many – desire above all else.

Persons of faith should live by another whole standard.

To live our faith fully, and responsibly; to bring honor and glory to God through our actions; to “walk the walk” and not just “talk the talk” – these are the things we should seek.

I also believe that, should we desire it prayerfully, God will help us achieve that goal and then, all the rest will fall into place as needed.

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God…,” wasn’t that the Lord’s counsel?

So – again – I ask the question.

How important is your reputation – your “good name” to you?

I hope it’s a lot more important to you  than the balance in your bank account.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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