"We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Jesus Christ
and of the love that you have for all the saints."
Bill Gaither once told a delightful story about his grandfather, Grover Gaither. Bill and Gloria wanted to buy a piece of farm property owned by Mr. Yule, a kind man but one who was known never to sell his property. Bill decided to try anyway. Looking at Bill & Gloria over his bifocals, Mr. Yule said "not selling. I promised it to a farmer for grazing." As Bill was about to leave, Mr. Yule said "Did you say your last name was Gaither? Any relation to Grover Gaither?" Bill replied, "Yes sir. He was my granddad." Mr. Yule put down his paper and removed his glasses. "Interesting. Grover Gaither was the best worker I ever had on my farm. Full day's work for a full day's pay. Very honest man. Tell you what, maybe we can talk a little more about this property you wanted."
Bill & Gloria eventually bought property based upon the reputation of a man who had already died. All of us have a reputation. We can't avoid it. We are known for something. How wonderful would it be to be known like the Colossians were known. They had a reputation for having an unwavering commitment to Jesus and for demonstrating love and generosity to their fellow believers.
How will your neighbors and grandchildren remember you? Be known for something that counts for all eternity.