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There is one thing you have been given since birth that will remain forever. It can be worth more than the finest riches or be compared to mere pennies. It can become your greatest asset or your worse ally. And though you can earn millions of dollars throughout your lifetime, it will never compare to what you have been given at birth, if you consider its true worth. It takes years to build and only moments to lose. And you have complete control over its value: a good name.
Proverbs 22:1 - A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
You can never underestimate the value of having a good name. Popularity, money, friends, and other material things will come and go throughout your lifetime, but the memory of your name will remain in the hearts and lives of every person you encounter.
Even now, every action, involvement, and choice you make either builds or tears down the prospect of having a good name. Though people can help you build a good name, the ultimate decision of having one lies with you. No one can make you have a bad name. You have to care enough about your name to ensure it has great value.
There are many people that give little to no thought about the value of their name. They squander it at the prospect of frivolous and compromising endeavors that bring discredit to their name. They allow themselves to continue in life without any thought to the man they desire to become or how they want their family, friends, and most importantly, God to view them.
Every decision you make is one that cannot be taken away. Lord willing, you will have thousands, if not millions of opportunities to build a good name…and with each opportunity, you can also choose to discredit your name.
When people say or think about your name, what memories do you want them to have?
When you stand before God, what thoughts do you want Him to have of you? What record will He give about your life and your name?