Dennis Wilder, Senior Pastor, Concord Baptist Church, Hopkinsville, KY
READ Ecclesiastes 7:1
I was pastoring my first church in a small town many years ago when an elderly man shared this story. He wanted a brand new Ford from the dealership back in the 1930’s. The car was about $800 which was big money back then. Next door to the dealership was the bank and this gentleman walked into the bank and asked for an auto loan to buy a brand new Ford. The banker asked his name, stuck out his hand, and told the teller give him what he needed for the car. He paid the bank back plus interest without signing a single piece of paper.
Of course we can’t do that today, simply because many men have not kept their word. To keep your word is making your name valuable. A man of character is someone you can trust and no one can have anything bad to say about him.
So why does Solomon believe the day of your death is better than your birth? Simply because a man with good character will be remembered fondly, and have many friends, but for a newborn he must prove himself for his lifetime.
A man of character has already proven himself to his family, his employer, his friends, his church and God. His name has value simply because when he tells his wife he will be home for supper, he’s setting at the table. When he tells his boss that the project will be completed before the deadline, he puts in extra hours to make sure it happens. In the end a man of character will have a good name.
God make me a man of good character. Work in me to keep my word especially to You, my family and all those around me. Amen
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