Among my father’s things we found a letter dated May, 1886. The handwriting had faded, but the words of Robert White, minister at Sea-View Cottage in County Down, Ireland, still attest to the character of my great-grandfather, James.
In the letter, the minister bore testimony to the “honest”, “industrious”, and “sober” moral character of his friend of ten years. That letter made the journey with my great-grandfather when he boarded a ship set for America in that same year. I’m sure it must have been like fine gold to that young Irishman when he applied for a job in his new land, looked for a place to call home, and sought membership in a new church.
Our character follows us like a shadow everywhere we go. When those familiar with us hear our name they make a judgment about us based on how we have conducted ourselves. Good character matters to God so much that He says it is more to be desired than silver or gold!
A good name [earned by honorable behavior, godly wisdom, moral courage, and personal integrity] is more desirable than great riches; And favor is better than silver and gold. Proverbs 22:1
Of all the pursuits we may strive after, seeking to attain a good and honorable name through godly choices should have a high place of priority…What do others think when they hear your name?