A Good Name
A good name is more desirable than great riches;
To be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
How important is your name? Sports columnist Skip Bayless reported this interesting story:
Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, offered sports-talk host David Kaplan $50,000 to have his name legally changed to "Dallas Maverick." When Kaplan declined, Cuban responded by offering to pay Kaplan $100,000 and donate $100,000 to Kaplan's favorite charity if he took the name for one year.
Kaplan did some soul searching, but held firm. "I'd be saying I'd do anything for money," he explained, "and that bothers me. My name is my birthright. I'd like to preserve my integrity and credibility."
Building a reputation of integrity and reliability happens by establishing a consistent track record of sound decisions and hard work. And no amount of money or fleeting temptation is worth its undoing.
"There is no such thing as a minor lapse of integrity." - Tom Peters (1942 - )
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.
7 Things to Stop! 7 Things to Start! 7 Minutes That Matter Most!
If you're thinking the 7-minute solution to a happier marriage sounds far too simplistic, even a bit crazy, we dare you to read this book. It will revolutionize your marriage. Drawing from an extensive national survey of more than 1300 men and women, best-selling author Steve Arterburn first reveals 7 things you must stop doing that damage your marriage. Second, he presents 7 positive things you must start doing to build a great marriage. But most important, he tells you what to do if your spouse is not willing to do anything. As Arterburn explores those behaviors with real-life stories and biblical insight, you will discover fresh ideas and greater motivation to make your marriage thrive. Finally, Arterburn reveals a final 7 that brings you to the heart of the matter! The 7 minutes that will matter most for any couple, no matter whether you're just thinking of getting married or have been together for many years. Once you get it, you'll never question the 7-minute marriage solution!