So she fell on her face, bowed down to the ground, and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?” And Boaz answered and said to her, ” It has been fully reported to me, all that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, and how you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people whom you did not know before.”
When Jim Wright, the former speaker of the House, resigned, he quoted Horace Greeley: “Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wings, those who cheer today may curse tomorrow; only one thing endures-character.”
When Boaz justified his kindness toward Ruth, he did not say that he had heard of her great beauty or her brilliant intellect. No mention is ever made of these things. But what spoke volumes to Boaz was what he had heard about Ruth’s character.
He had heard about her relationship with Naomi and Ruth’s willingness to leave her own family and country in order to take care of her widowed mother-in-law-even though she was a widow herself. It’s not surprising Boaz was impressed with Ruth. He knew that a woman with this kind of character that was rare and precious.
God is not interested in our fame or fortune; He cares nothing for our popularity or wealth. What God cares about is our character. The trials that He allows to come into our lives-even the loss of loved ones, as Ruth experienced-are for the ultimate perfection of our character.
What do people hear about you? Do you try to impress others with your financial portfolio, your athletic abilities or your great intellect? These are all gifts from God, so where’s the brag factor? What about your character? That’s what God is looking for in us. Strive to be known for what you are, not what you do. Character counts.
CONCENTRATE ON YOUR CHARACTER; EVERYTHING ELSE WILL TAKE CARE OF ITSELF.