A Note from the Director of Youth & Families

March 2023

Grant Hartsell

A sterling reputation is better than striking it rich; a gracious spirit is better than money in the bank. Proverbs 22:1 (MSG)

This wisdom from the Bible just works. It worked thousands of years ago, and it works today. People are remembered for what kind of person they are. If you treat people fairly or poorly, it will get around. Each decision to
be honest with your money and honest with people adds up to eventually making a name for yourself.

Having a good name goes a long way. That’s why it really is more desirable than riches. A great name comes from a great reputation for how you treated things and people. Your reputation either opens or closes doors for you. Why? Because people use it to know if they can trust you or not. Your reputation over time speaks volumes about you that resounds for years to come.

When people are watching and when they are not, take the high road. Choose to be honest with your money. Treat others the way you’d like to be treated. Little by little, these good decisions will create a positive name for yourself. People will trust you and want to participate with you in opportunities that might not come to you otherwise.