“Choose a good reputation over great riches;
being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold.”
Proverbs 22:1 NLT
Anyone who knows my sweet husband also knows this: he is a favorite everywhere he goes! I’ve grown accustomed to the comment, “Oh – you are Michael’s wife?” anytime someone hears my last name. Everyone knows Michael, and everyone loves Michael! It’s a happy and welcomed situation!
Today, my name was recognized for two different reasons: my sons. I was checking out at the drugstore, and they asked for my rewards card. I didn’t have it, but I entered my husband’s phone number, and the cashier (precious older gentlewoman) said, “There you are, Mrs. Spivey. Oh wait – are the Spivey twins your boys?” When I confirmed that they were, she went on to tell me how sweet they were, how much she enjoyed seeing them when they came in, and how proud I must be. I had to admit: I am pretty proud of these two! I walked out smiling, thinking how nice it is that my sons have taken after their father – well-liked and welcomed everywhere they go. It makes such a pleasant and happy life.
The Bible tells us to “choose a good reputation over great riches” because “being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold (Proverbs 22:1). How true and how wise. It is not a difficult choice, but it must be made again and again, with purpose day after day. You choose a good reputation every time you choose to treat others well (“do unto others as you would have them do unto you” Luke 6:31). You choose a good reputation every time you choose your words with kindness and love (“a word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in setting of silver” Proverbs 25:11). You choose a good reputation every time you do your work in excellence (“work heartliy as unto the Lord and not unto men” Colossians 3:23). I am thankful that my boys are choosing a good reputation, and I pray that they always will. Consistency is key.
Suddenly a silly little movie quote has popped into my thoughts…. One of my favorite movies is “Harvey” with Jimmy Stewart (oh, you’ve never seen it? It might not be in the RedBox, but it’s worth a little digging around to find it!). At one point, the main character is trying to explain himself and he says, “My mother used to tell me, ‘In this world, you must be oh-so-smart or oh-so-pleasant. For years, I was smart. I recommend pleasant.” What a sweet choice he made! I recommend pleasant as well!
Today my treasure is seeing my babies grow into men whom I admire very much. It’s an example that we all can follow – me too! I hope that you find a treasure today! God is generous and kind to us, and I am praying that you find Him so in your life ❤