Today we might say, "Her reputation preceded her."
Ruth was one of those women. An alien in Israel, she went straight to work to provide food for her mother-in-law and herself. She attracted the eye of the owner of the field who came to view the progress of the harvesting. "Whose young woman is that?" he asked his employees.
"She's worked steadily from morning till now, except for a short rest in the shelter," was the reply. Her reputation of diligent and quiet work preceded her!
In this age of fast-paced living, front porches are more for beauty than utility. Take them or leave them.
But reputations still matter! And I'm not sure we are remembering that! Blogs, Facebook, texting and Twitter are all parts of the fast-paced life. They are the new "front porches"! Our reputations are being created on these social networks as surely as if we were gleaning in a field 3,000 years ago!
I think it's worth remembering and passing on this truth to our children and grandchildren (while remembering it ourselves). If you need some examples to support your argument, take a look at this post--one of many good ones, I'm sure.
Meanwhile, what's new on YOUR front porch?
And have you stopped to consider your reputation (what people think of first when they hear your name)?