A name. Your name. We all have one. We are all called by something to get our attention but do we care what others think about us when they say our name? Are they thinking, “that’s a nice person” or “she’s friendly” or “she’s not very pleasant at all?”
Back in the Bible days they used to name their children after things that reminded them of something that happened before the days before the birth, during the pregnancy, after a family member, or to mean something they wished or wanted to bless the child with. But, each name meant something about the person and they were looked at according to what their name meant whether is meant “strong” or “brave” or “warrior.” As we look at someone like David in the Bible, we see that his name is portrayed as “Beloved” – and beloved means dearly loved & dear to the heart. We are not sure why his mother named him that but it meant something important to her and eventually to him. David was not perfect by any means but even God said that David “was a man after His own heart.”
So, as we look at the names that are used nowadays we are reminded that many times they don’t really mean anything special to us. There might be a name that has been in the family for a long time but we don’t always think about what’s behind it. There might be family names that are used and some families do research to find the best name for their child. But, what I am talking about is, “REPUTATION.” The verse that I am referring to comes from “A good name is more desirable than great riches…” in Proverbs 22:1 and they are talking about reputation. To have a good name, to have a reputation that people look at and say, “that’s someone who loves God and wants to follow him” or “she wouldn’t lie” or “she wouldn’t talk bad about anyone” or even “what a giving person she is.” That is a GOOD thing. That is a GOOD reputation. I heard a quote or clip from someone on Facebook one time and it said something to the fact that “live like you would even behind closed doors so that if you have to give your talking parrot away, there would be nothing bad for him to repeat.”
I know this might sound crazy to some of you but it really is important what people think about our reputation. It might not even be important to you, but it’s important to God. If we say we love him then we should care as one of His children that we reflect Him and “what” we are reflecting. I am not talking about if someone doesn’t like what you wear or they don’t like some truth that you have spoken to them. I am talking about NOT caring when you walk away from someone who is gossiping or telling a rude joke.
The only thing people have to remember us by when we are gone is the character that we portrayed when we were here on earth. I know when people die, the first thing we want to do is try to find good things to say about them. We don’t want to dishonor someone who has passed away and so we think of something. Sometimes the things we say about them are not true because they had a horrible reputation.
Let’s be women (and men – for those reading this blog) who when people think or remember us, it’s with a thought of integrity, giving, loving, listening, God-fearing, women and men. Let’s watch our talk, our walk and our lives, because someone is always paying attention and our actions do affect others. Live up to your name, no matter what it is. Talk Soon, Tlc
Proverbs 3:3-4 Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation. (New Living Translation)