In Proverbs 22:1, we are told that “a good name is rather to be chosen than great riches.”
Mention the words "Red Cross" to just about anyone in this small Georgia town and people will smile and nod their heads. There is no need to mention the Chapter Manager’s name. She is the Red Cross representative who crawls out of bed at 2 A.M. and helps fire victims with temporary housing arrangements or other immediate needs.
Everyone recognizes her name. She teaches CPR in-house or on-site (church, school or workplace). She gives BAT (Basic Aid Training) to young children in local schools. She is a certified First Responder in emergencies. She is a volunteer fire fighter. She is part of the local search and rescue team. She is a weather spotter.
She is a wife and the mother of a college student.
She is a member of the First United Methodist Church.
In other words, she is involved with her community. Sometimes I wonder how she manages to remember which hat she is wearing at the moment.
"The pay isn’t great, but the rewards are," she is fond of saying.
I have yet to hear an unkind word about her. Mostly, I hear, "She is doing a terrific job; she’s a wonderful person; she really cares about people."
She reflects well on God because she lives what she believes. But no matter how much she does for the community, she can never surpass what God is accomplishing in each of us daily.
She has invested her time and talents into helping others. She doesn’t have riches, but she does have a good name.