A Good Name

A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold. (Proverbs 22:1)

Have you ever caught yourself thinking, “What if I just had a little more money”?  Sometimes I’m not even daydreaming about a little more money, but a LOT more money.  Of course, I tell myself about all the good I would do with all that loot.

Solomon was a man who had experienced what it was like to have all the money he ever needed.  Solomon warned that having a “good name” was better than having money.

Having a good name implies that I am a person who is known for being “good”.  Doing the right thing, doing things with integrity, doing things with wisdom, these are not common qualities in the world today.  They are also not easy qualities to come by.

I think I’d also like to be known as a loving person.  I’d like for people to say, “He’s quite a loving guy”.  Why is that important to me?  Jesus said that all men would know I am His disciple if I have love for others (Jn. 13:35).  Come to think of it, the “good name” I’d like most to be known for above all is the name of Jesus.  I’d like for folks at my funeral to say, “My how he loved Jesus”.

Here we are in the season of “stuff”. Is there something better than “stuff”? How about a good name?