Daniel in the bible had a sterling reputation. In Daniel 5:14 Daniel finds himself before the king hearing these words “I have heard of you, that the Spirit of God is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you.” I have made that my personal confession and declare those words to be true for my husband and children.
As we witness Joe Paterno’s memory and legacy take a hit, I’m driven to wonder what the memory will be of my choices, comments, actions, interactions, associations. How sad that Paterno went to his grave in shame with a host of people shaking their heads and uttering tsk tsk. He apparently saw and didn’t say and his silence hurt people and devastated him and his legacy. He compromised his beliefs, most likely…probably not to be a snitch, possibly for professional reasons. His legacy…all that he built, forgotten in the memory of a secret he kept. Secrets don’t usually remain a secret. We have a tendency of sharing our heart (hopefully with someone who will cover, conceal and protect it and guard our secret). When we share we expose ourselves and take a chance that our secrets may no longer be. That was not the case with Mr. Paterno. The secret he should have exposed, exposed him, bit him, hurt him, sent him to the grave probably shaking his head too! My point is not to throw salt on the wound or judge the situation. The facts of the case judge him and the participants enough. I feel for him and his family; for the reputation as a professional he built. The monument built as a lasting memory of him and his accomplishments will probably be yanked from its foundation…all for a secret. I especially feel for all of the victims within this secret, for their families and loved ones left with the feelings of “I should have known” “I wish I knew” “If I only knew” and it wouldn’t be fair not to feel for the family and loved ones of the perpetrator. People tortured, families scarred, reputations ruined, legacies lost…all because of a secret.
Lord, may my reputation, born from the choices that I made, what I stood for, what and who I spoke up for, the company I kept, the decisions I made be so in line with Your Word, Your will, Your plan, Your purpose for me that those who knew me will be able to say without a doubt that, “she lived for Him, with Him and He operated through her”…may it be known and be apparent and may You get every bit of the glory. May the only secret kept be between us as I share my heart with You and tap into Yours…in Jesus’ name! I love the Lord…that’s no secret!!
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my (firm, impenetrable) Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10