What’s In A Name

It has been said a person’s life is represented by a dash on their tombstone.  Between a birth date and day of death we see a simple dash.  Well I’m thankful that while we are living we have an opportunity to be remembered for so much more than this.  Throughout our life we should put great value in what we are known for.  Not to gain the favor of men, but to honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Every day the world tells us we need more things in our lives to make us happy.  A bigger house, a better car, more money, more…more…more.  My friends there is something much better – a good name.

 Proverbs 22:1

 1A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.


Having a good name takes commitment.  It means doing the right thing even when it’s not the easiest solution.  A good name means always telling the truth even when it hurts.  Doing these things helps instill confidence.  Think about it – if you always tell the truth you never have to worry about covering things up.  You never have to worry about saying something that might contradict something you’ve already said.     

Proverbs 10:9

9He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.


Whether we want to believe it or not things get attached to our name.  It only takes one bad decision or action to tarnish a thousand good things we have done.  Good or bad your name speaks for you, but having a good name helps inspire others.  The Apostle Paul sets a tremendous example for us to follow.

 1 Corinthians 11:1

 11Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.


Looking at your life today you might say that you don’t have a good name.  You’ve made some bad decisions that have cost you or those you love dearly.  You are not happy with who you are or what you are known for – well that’s OK, that is in the past.  We are not perfect because we all fall short of the mark (or the glory of God).  However, it does mean we are being perfected by the one who is.  Let us never forget who we are through Christ Jesus.  We are his ambassadors created unto good works.  What are you known for today?   

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About the Author: Matthew Johnson

You know some stories are fiction. Some would say my life is a fairy tale, but it is real. My Lord and Savior has blessed me beyond measure with an amazing wife (she is my best friend), four beautiful children and an incredible church family.

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