Without honor in our character we cannot be successful.
Honor represents one of the core principles on which success is established. All great men and women seek its wise counsel and bind themselves to the laws of its wisdom. Although it is rarely the topic of discussion, it is a source from which joy springs… and abundance can never be enjoyed without it.
We can have all the riches in world, but without honor, none of us shall taste true success.
Seeking after Honor
Honor is a classic character trait that is oft overlooked in the rush of modern society. Living an honorable life is not something that just happens – it is something that must be carefully and continually sought after. We will not see much of it as we walk through an average day, so we have to be careful to set ourselves apart from the commonality of dishonorable behavior.
- It is not glorified on our televisions as something to be desired, yet it is more to be desired than fame and riches.
- It is not often hailed as sacred in the halls of government, yet without it governments cannot succeed.
- It is not commonly praised among people of fame, yet without it their perceived “success” is often accompanied by unfulfillable desire and feelings of unhappiness and even bitterness.
- It is not often held as an imperative and foundational component of behavior in our universities, yet without honor the educated man winds up hollow and empty.
- It is not often a focus of training in our public schools, yet without a foundation of honor our children cannot perceive what behaviors are truly of value.
An honorable character will not find us… we have to find it.
Great men speak of honor…
“All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” – Winston Churchill
“Mine honor is my life; both grow in one; Take honor from me, and my life is done.” – William Shakespeare
“Nobody can acquire honor by doing what is wrong.” – Thomas Jefferson
“The most tragic thing in the world is a man of genius who is not a man of honor.” – George Bernard Shaw
“Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.” – Sophocles
“Who sows virtue reaps honor.” – Leonardo da Vinci
“Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won’t taste good.” – Joe Paterno
The Bible speaks of honor…
“Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD.” – Leviticus 19:32
“Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.” – Psalm 104:1
“By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.” – Proverbs 22:4
“Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)” – Ephesians 6:2
“Honour widows that are widows indeed. “ – I Timothy 5:3
“Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.” – I Peter 2:17
Let us follow after honor…
I am committed to living an honorable life. I want to do the right thing, even if no one is looking. I fail often, but when I do I pick myself up, dust myself off, set my gaze upon that which is right, and try desperately not to lose my way in this world of innumerable distractions.
Living with honor takes courage to stand upon that which you know to be right… even if you have to stand alone.
In our journey toward debt freedom and financial success let us maintain our focus on the things that are right. If we maintain our honor… we will never fail!