Word of mouth is powerful. Many times you will hear things about people, sometimes good things and sometimes not so good things. Reputation is something that may take years to build and seconds to break. When you are searching for a job or a college, personal recommendations and letters of reference are beneficial. You want people who will speak well of you to provide these items. The question to ask yourself is if you poll people who know you, would they say about you? What do they “know” about you? What would others discuss?
When Ruth and Naomi returned back to Naomi’s hometown, word spread quickly of the grand return. Not only did those who knew Naomi speaking of her return, but people were speaking about Ruth the Moabite as well. People were discussing her loyalty and kindness to Naomi her mother-in-law. Word had spread. People noticed her commitment.
Boaz said he “heard all about” what Ruth did. This reputation undoubtedly encouraged people to welcome Ruth, and Boaz to quickly agree to act as family redeemer. May people speak just as kind words about you today. How is that possible? It requires living with integrity, acting in love, generously opening your hands and being bold in your faith.
“Boaz answered her, ‘I’ve heard all about you—heard about the way you treated your mother-in-law after the death of her husband, and how you left your father and mother and the land of your birth and have come to live among a bunch of total strangers. God reward you well for what you’ve done—and with a generous bonus besides from God, to whom you’ve come seeking protection under his wings.'”
– Ruth 2:11-12 [MSG]