Proverbs 22:1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold…4 The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life…29 Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.
If you are smart, you probably devote at least a little of your time and resources toward protecting the things that give you a sense of security and control over your future. It is responsible to set some of your income aside for the future, but according to USA Today, 36% of Americans in 2014 had less than $1000 saved to cover their expenses during retirement. Unless we plan to stop eating or using water, heat or air, we need to save some of what we’re spending, in order to pay our bills when we can no longer work. On top of retirement, we should have savings for emergencies—your credit card is not an emergency fund. Begin today by dropping $20 here and there into a savings account and forgetting about it—that’s less than the cost of Friday night pizza. After you’ve done that a couple of months, look at how much you’ve saved and give yourself a pat on the back. Then rework your budget a bit, so that you can ramp it up. It gets exciting when you start to see 4, 5 and eventually 6 or 7 digits in there. If you need some tips, check out Financial Peace University. Split the cost with a few friends and start your own prayer and planning group.
Today’s verses remind us that respect and favor carry us even further than cash. Respect isn’t something you demand or defend; it’s something you give and something you earn. Create a good name for yourself through kindness, integrity and skillful work. Add to these the graceful balance of humility and confidence, and you will walk with royalty.
Lord, keep our eyes on You, so that we reflect Your traits more and more.