A good name is to be chosen over great wealth. Proverbs 22:1
“Oh, you’re January!”
This could be a statement that fills you with a sense of dread. Hmmm…what did they mean by that?
Thankfully this time, the comment was made in the local Starbucks that I frequently visit many mornings. The one that knows me by name and drink. A new barista had greeted me this day. And, since I am usually all smiles and conversations when I come into this place (because, well…I am picking up my liquid courage), I knew I could rest easy.
She had heard about THAT January.
The one with the “good” name.
I am one who believes that reputations should not proceed people. One, you never know when someone speaks about a person whether it’s out of good intentions, or bitterness and ill-will. Two, sometimes even with “good” names, we all have “bad” days.
However, when we represent Christ, our names are not only ours, but His. The world is getting a chance to meet Jesus through our words and actions. Through our name. Do people light up when they hear or say our name? Or do they scowl, and grumble?
I think this passage from Job 29 represents what I want people to think when they hear mine:
“Men and women listened when I spoke, hung expectantly on my every word. After I spoke, they’d be quiet, taking it all in. They welcomed my counsel like spring rain, drinking it all in. When I smiled at them, they could hardly believe it; their faces lit up, their troubles took wing!” Job 29:21-24
When they hear or say my name I want them to think of Jesus. To think of mercy, compassion, and love.
I want them to remember my “good” name.
It’s never too late to make sure someone remembers yours!