1 A good name is more desirable than great riches;
to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
I met someone recently who said, "I've heard your name over the years," and then her eyes smiled into mine as she added, "It's nice to meet you."
At that moment, I thought of the inestimable value of a good name. My name would not be synonymous with extreme academic achievement or even high status professionally, but I hope that something good clings to it--that it is associated with kindness, integrity, and respect and valuing of all people.
What is the value of a good name?
- It can be drawn upon when our character is called into question. While we are accountable for our actions, we need not be panicked into self defense.
- It is an asset when networking, as in the meeting I mentioned at the start. The tone of that day was cordial from the start.
- It brings glory and honor to God. As his children we can bring praise or shame to the family name. Any praise truly belongs to him, for it is he who keeps us from falling and whose discipline forms our character.
Why does the Bible say that a good name is better than riches or fine perfume?
- No amount of money can buy a good name and its benefits. It can only be earned.
- Perfume can mask a bad aroma--create a fragrant illusion--but not forever.
A good name is to be cherished. It is built by the way we act when no one is watching--or at least we don't realize they are.
Ecclesiastes 7:1 (New International Version)
1a A good name is better than fine perfume...