Being Honored . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Calvin Coolidge

“No person was ever honored for what he or she received. Honor is the reward for what he or she gave.”


13 thoughts on “QUOTE FOR ENDING OUR YEAR”

  1. The above quote reminded me of how Jesus teaches us to live our lives in this way: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’ (Acts 20:35). And as I reread Sara’s comments on Prov 8:12, “Wealth and Glory accompany me— also substantial Honor “(under her blog “Stubborness vs. Wisdom), I see that if this giving is done with God’s wisdom, then honor results.

  2. This quote by Calvin Coolidge makes me think of Jesus Christ who gave the ultimate gift of eternal life to humankind.

    A giver of much, Ruth Graham, makes me think of a daughter,wife and mother that gave so generously so the world would have a World Pastor, her husbandBilly Graham. Now her son, Franklin Graham. Ruth was born at Qingjiang, Kiangsu, China as Ruth McCue Bell, the second of five children. Her parents, Dr. and Mrs. L. Nelson Bell, were medical missionaries at the Presbyterian Hospital 300 miles north of Shanghai. She was trained in her homeland, China, for which her undying love, prayers and support remained throughout her life.

    Bhutto, another lady, that gave her life recently in and for the people of Pakistan. She lived her destiny.

    This quote gives me much thought in the last week of ’07. Today is the last Friday of the year. It gives thought to what have we given in ’07 that will remain? What can we give in’08 that will leave great honor upon humankind?

  3. I think of an overused phrase “personal best” and wonder is that good enough for honors?

    I have heard so many times recently others saying, when I get this or when that happens, “I will do, give, etc.”

    Those types of things make me wonder, why then? Why not give your personal best now? Do we know and understand?

    Good quote for some interesting open communication.

  4. Sara, you have always taught me/us that we are to give our best in all things…and that was what we have now…not what we will get later….because its not guarenteed later that we will get (whatever it is)later….even the Word teaches now is the day of salvation….so now is the time for giving….your best….personal best….
    when we give our best now….God blesses us to give even better and more the next time….so is it with our gifts and talents….the more we give/use…the more is added and thats an honor…..right?….dj

  5. Great thoughts DJ. When we give someone an invite to a meal, a coffee, and/or other social occasions we have honor as our reward. Is this right?

    Having just come through two major holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas, it makes one stop, pause, mediate and think on the gifts we have been given by such lovely invitations. Having meals in other’s homes with delightful and interesting guest. Maybe that is why Starbuck’s and other coffee shops, restaurants, etc are so popular. So great to be their guest and be a part of the other guest in the shops that are so cordial, fun and exciting to be in and with.

  6. Honors are Rena’s tonight. She made great northern bean soup, split pea soup with ham and hot biscuits/muffins She invited Gary and myself to partake of this most wonderful refreshing meal. I remember Rena’s Dad making hot soup on the pot belly wood burning stove and I thought, gee, it just can’t get any better. But, I think Rena has almost caught up with him. Maybe he is cheering her on from heaven.

    I think I am really understanding this quote when someone gives to you so generously you just want to rise up and honor them. This must be part of Proverbs 31.
    “She makes linen garments and sells them,
    and supplies the merchants with sashes.
    She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.

    She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

    She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.

    Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:

    “Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”

    Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

    Give her the reward she has earned,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

  7. My Dad always had a pot of vegetable, potato, or bean soup on the old pot belly stove. No one who visited our household would ever go hungry. My Mom and Dad would say in order to get over sad or down times in your life you should reach out and help someone. They knew ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’ (Acts 20:35) and that it would do more for you than receiving. According to the quote the person is honored. My parents were also ones who taught idleness was not a part of life and that to enjoy life you had to partake by working hard daily for others.

  8. The quote from Calvin Coolidge reminds me of the quote in the Scriptures in 1 Cor.4:7 where Paul says, “…What have you got that you did not receive (from God) and now if you did receive it, as it was not from yourselves but from God, why do you glory as though you did not receive it?” There are a couple of interpretations in my mind to this. In one way it could mean that if you have received it then you are prepared and sufficiently provided for by the Lord to do the project that you are called to do. And in another sense, in the sense of the above quote from Pres. Coolidge, it means to me,:If we have received these talents and gifts from the Lord, then why do we act as though we had done it within ourselves? It is how we serve with and give to others through these gifts and talents
    that bring the honors and not “just because we are gifted and/or talented/skilled that we receive the honor.

  9. Dorothy commented above…”so now is the time for giving….your best….personal best”. I have often been told, “don’t put off until tomorrow, what can be done today”. Dorothy you are right…..NOW is the time.

  10. Needles Ive heard that too….but it was added “dont put off until tomorrow, what can be done today, because today could be your last……….dj

  11. I have heard “DON’T PUT OFF UNTIL TOMORROW, WHAT CAN BE DONE TODAY” all my life. This is such a wise saying. We don’t know how long we will be on this earth. My Father retired from his church last Sunday. He has been preaching at this church for eight years. When he started at this church, he brought with a few new ways of doing things. There was one lady who didn’t approve of the new music and a few other things. My dad continued, through prayer and obedience, he continued. A few years ago, this elderly lady told her prayer group, that she always knew about Jesus, but never had such a close relationship with him until my dad began preaching there. This church is now a praying church, they are constantly praying for others. You can’t walk through the door without everyone coming to you and hugging you and telling you how much they love you and care for you. What an awesome little church. The other day my father and I were sitting in his living room and I looked at him and told him that God wasn’t going to let him retire. He was going to bring other work in his direction. My father is a preaching man. I told him he has good at his job. He made the comment that he hadn’t done anything. I told him that he was wrong. He was obedient to our Lord. He works very hard studing and learning God’s word. He has allowed God to use him for his work. By his obedience and willingness to work, God has used my father to change lives. My father stopped putting off today what he could do tomorrow and just did it.

  12. “The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.”
    Vince Lombardi

    Chickenfarmer, I love the words of Vince Lombardi, I see your Father will only surrender to One and that is Jesus Christ. May he continue to carry the Word wherever he goes.

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