Proverbs 22:1 - “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.”
Your name is what people know you by. It’s your testimony. Some call it a reputation. But it’s more than just what people think of you, it’s who you are. It’s your character.
Jim Croce sang, “I got a name, I got a name. And I carry it with me like my daddy did.”
You carry your name with you everywhere you go. And a good one is worth more than great riches.
Solomon also said in Ecclesiastes 7:1 that “a good name is better than precious ointment.” A precious ointment is a costly oil, probably olive, and often perfumed. It puts forth a wonderful smell.
A good name is like that. It is like a pleasant aroma.
When you enter a place that has a nice smell, it is enjoyable. You want to linger there.
I like the smell of new books. And coffee. So whenever I go into a Barnes and Noble Booksellers store I am enticed to stay because of the way it smells.
That’s what a good name is like. It makes people want to be around you.
I want to be that kind of person. And if you want to be that way, too, we must earn and guard our good name. We must be careful to keep it unstained and pure. Be true to your word. Be honest in business dealings. Be punctual to pay your bills. Be more concerned with others’ needs than your own. Don’t be harsh in your judgments. Be kind. Keep good company. These are just some of the ways that we can earn and maintain a good name. And a good name is worth a lot!