PROVERBS 22:1a "A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches,"
ECCLESIASTES 7:1a "A good name is better than precious ointment;"
How important is your name? Your given name at birth is the one people will know you by the
rest of your life but you will also be known by other names. Sometimes the names we are dubbed
in our youth stick throughout adulthood, even though we change. Every classroom has a fat
Albert, a nerd and a bully, and we are always surprised when we see them
again at a class reunion and the fat Albert is thin, the nerd is wearing contacts and muscles
and the bully is accompanied by a domineering wife.
There are many adjectives we use to describe others. A few of them are: sweet, honest,
cheapskate, extravagant, good, kind, cheat, promiscuous, stubborn, easygoing, loyal, faithful,
sunny, hateful, sour, bitter, know-it-all, smart-aleck, bossy, and of course the one we
probably all use the most, stupid. I'm sure you can think of someone who fits each one of
these adjectives. What I want you to ask yourself this week is what adjectives best describe
you? Are you a shopaholic or are you a penny-pincher? Are you a workaholic or a couch potato?
Would others describe you as neat or messy?
Ask someone you know to use one or two adjectives to describe you. If you are projecting an
image to others that you don't like, you can change that image. For one thing, if you are a
moody person you probably often let your bad mood control your attitude when talking to others.
You must learn to smile, even when you are having a bad day. Remember the commercial slogan,
"Sure you have a headache but don't take it out on me?" Well, that is often exactly what we
do. We take out our bad mood on those around us and become labeled a grouch or bad
tempered. So watch how you may be coming across to others, for many times it is not the image
you would like to project!
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Ideally, we would want to project the image of Christ to others but we aren't always
Christlike. A good name is something to be coveted. It is something we should all try
to attain. I have heard many people say, "I don't care what they think about me." Only a
foolish person would say that and really meant it! What others think about us is very
important. What do people say about you behind your back? Do they give you a good name?
We should strive to live our lives beyond reproach and earn a good name for ourselves.
After all, we are disciples of Christ and ambassadors to Heaven!
JUST REMEMBER, WHEN YOU DIE YOUR NAME IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS YOU LEAVE
I hope you all have a wonderful week!
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