A Good 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

My husband and I refinanced our house today. I have to be honest and say I think that leaving the kids with a sitter for the forty-five minutes we were gone was way more exciting to me than the refinancing part but that really has little to do with this post. As a child I heard the above verse often and I thought, “yeah that is true”. It is good for people to think well of you than to be wealthy, but to be honest the depth of this was lost on me.

This verse came to mind today as I was signing my name over and over and over and over again, oh and initialing here, here, here and here. I was struck with the thought of what my name was getting me, a house for my family. My name (and of course the credit that is attached to it) allowed my husband and I to own a home, well technically the bank owns it right now but you get the point. It isn’t just money either that my name is attached to. What do people think when they hear my name? Does reliable or “don’t bet the farm on it” come to mind? Do they think of someone they can go to for encouragement and kind words or someone who they have to walk on eggshells around because they don’t ever know what is going to come flying out my mouth? Do people think of someone who loves and cares for her family or someone who they think is, frankly, self absorbed? Most importantly when people hear my name do they associate me with Jesus and HIs love for them or do they think of me as a judgmental hypocrite who is more concerned with head counts than hearts?

The older I get the more I realize that my name is of incredible importance, not because of me but because of what it is associated with…

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