A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and gold.
When someone sees or hears your name, what immediately comes to his or her mind? This proverb shows that how we live our lives will impact our reputation more than anything else (including wealth!).
Bernie Madoff made millions of dollars at the expense of others. Yet today his name is equated with dishonesty and shame. His name and reputation are automatically associated with a lack of integrity because of his conduct.
But when an individual is known for his or her integrity, he or she will receive favor in the sight of others (Proverbs 10:9). In years past, many deals were made with a simple handshake because of the integrity and good reputation of the individuals involved.
Building a good name begins as a child (Proverbs 20:11). Jesus Christ built a positive reputation from childhood (Luke 2:52). How others see us live our lives will determine what they think of us. Christ lived a sinless life, and people noticed. They recognized Him for His integrity, kindness, service and overall concern for others.
To learn more about building a good reputation with others, read our article “How to Be a Good Neighbor.”