“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? In my late teens I began wishing my parents had named me Robert instead of Bobby. I humorously say they 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; building a reputation — how one is known and remembered. A reputation can be misleading, however. 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 financial wealth is the leading desire of the masses, a far greater wealth to be desired is a good name. It will buy you more than the purchasing power of any dollar amount.

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