“Honour and shame from no condition rise;
Act well your part, there all the honour lies.”
– Alexander Pope, “An Essay on Man” Epistle IV, 1733-34
To be honest, I didn’t catch this quote from Alexander Pope. Instead, it was repeated in the second chapter, of same name, of “President Lincoln,” by William Lee Miller (p. 38).
This is powerful. Lincoln quoted it in a letter to General David Hunter. Apparently, General Hunter thought he should be in charge of more than “only 3000” men. Poor guy…only 3000.
Honor isn’t found in our situation, but in how we act in any particular situation.
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” Matthew 25:21
That is it…right there. As a Christ Follower, I don’t work for personal honor. My honor is given to the Lord. I don’t work for respect. The Lord has everything pertaining to my respect. Neither gaining honor or respect is the point, but instead obedience out of love. We do our best, in the midst of every situation, because at the end of the day our Lord is desiring to welcome us in with these words… “Well done, good and faithful servant!”
Oh, to make our savior smile! Act well your part…for it is of the Lord.