A GOOD NAME

“A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, favor is better than silver and gold.  The rich and poor have a common bond, the Lord is the maker of them all” (Proverbs 22:1-2).

What’s in a name?  A great deal of thought is given to the naming of a child.  Around my teenage years, I started disliking my name—Bobby; not Robert; just Bobby.  I humorously say that my parents had no vision for my life beyond little league baseball.  At other stages in life we worry not about the name we were given but, instead, making a name for ourselves.  It’s a matter of one’s reputation; how one is going to be known and remembered.  But there is something more important than ones reputation.  A reputation is what others think you are.  Character is what you know you are.  A reputation can be false, but the man in the mirror never lies.  He knows us for who we really are.  While many will respond, “to be financially rich” when asked what they desire more than anything else, a far greater wealth to be desired is a good name.  It will buy you more than the purchasing power of any amount of dollars.

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