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August 1, 1997

What’s in Your Name?

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A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. PROVERBS 22:1
“What’s in a name?” This oft-quoted line from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet was uttered in a passionate conversation between lovers, but it is a question that bears asking in the twenty-first-century marketplace.
The “good name” in Proverbs 22:1 has nothing to do with someone’s first or last name. Rather, it has to do with his personal honor or reputation. His name represented who he was—the kind of character he possessed, the kind of heart he had. According to this verse, it’s far better to have a good name than it is to have a hefty bank account, and it’s much better to be held in high esteem by the people who know you than it is to have a huge stock portfolio.
It’s important to point out that a good name is not an end in itself; that is, we should not do work hard, help others, or give generously just so others will hold us in high regard. Rather, we do these things out of love for God, and whatever good effect they may have on our reputation is merely a nice by-product.
Even so, we do need to be aware of how our actions and words might affect our reputations. We are, after all, ambassadors of Christ, and any behavior that makes us look bad is a poor reflection of Him to those around us.
Do you have a good name? Is your focus on maintaining that good name, or are you more interested in pursuing wealth and material things? Take a moment to evaluate your reputation, your “name.” Does it honor God? Or do you need to make some adjustments in your life that will enable you to start protecting your name?

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