I really would like to take a moment to thank each of you that continue to read on a daily basis. It has greatly blessed my heart to know that I’m making a difference in someone’s life. As some of you may have noticed, I added a donations page this past week. I wanted to publicly announce that I in no way intend to solicit donations. If this blog is an encouragement AND if God leads you to support my wife and I financially, then we thank you! If you never even open that page but continue to read faithfully then we thank you! I just wanted to make sure I put that out in the open before anyone got the wrong impression. Let me repeat, I DON’T WANT YOUR MONEY UNLESS GOD LEADS YOU TO GIVE!!!! I love you guys!
A good name is more desirable than great riches. What is in a name? First of all, we can deduce from this sentence that the writer is referring more to your reputation than your actual name… but during the time of his writing names were very important. You reputation and your name usually went hand in hand. We see throughout the Bible how many times a person’s name so rightly fit their personality. Jacob, the deceiver, lived his whole life (up until his name change at Peniel) scheming and scamming.
In Biblical times your surname carried far more than it does today as well. Jesus’ surname was BarJoseph. It wasn’t Christ, Christ was His title, meaning The Annointed One or “The Messiah”. BarJoseph simply meant “son of Joseph”. People took great stock in who you were. They cared greatly the lineage that you followed. Your reputation would have been immensely measured by who your father was. This is why Jesus was found it difficult to minister in his home town of Nazareth. They all knew him to be the son of a lowly carpenter.
My father is a great man. I highly respect him and my mother for having so invested in my life the way they did. I owe everything I am to them. But, as much as I love and care about my father, I am glad that in this day and age I am not judged by who he is. It doesn’t matter who he is or what profession he worked in, I am my own man.
It is incredibly important to me that my reputation be of good standing. I want people to hear Steve Beaulieu and think of key words: Servant, Obedient, Loving, Caring, Godly, Patient, Moral, etc. The list goes on. What things do you want to be associated with? Grab a pen and paper and start a list. Then, find someone who knows you well and have them read the list. This needs to be someone like a spouse, a parent, a sibling or a best friend; someone who will be honest with you and honest with themselves. Have them tell you which ones accurately describe you and which you need to work on.
So, what does your name mean? My name means “Crowned with great honor.” Look up your name. Does it rightly fit you? Post a comment below with your name and it’s meaning. If you care to, briefly give us an explanation of why or why it doesn’t fit your reputation/personality.
1 A good name is more desirable than great riches;
to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
2 Rich and poor have this in common:
The LORD is the Maker of them all.
3 A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge,
but the simple keep going and suffer for it.
4 Humility and the fear of the LORD
bring wealth and honor and life.
5 In the paths of the wicked lie thorns and snares,
but he who guards his soul stays far from them.
6 Train a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old he will not turn from it.
7 The rich rule over the poor,
and the borrower is servant to the lender.
8 He who sows wickedness reaps trouble,
and the rod of his fury will be destroyed.
9 A generous man will himself be blessed,
for he shares his food with the poor.
10 Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife;
quarrels and insults are ended.
11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious
will have the king for his friend.
12 The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge,
but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.
13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside!”
or, “I will be murdered in the streets!”
14 The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit;
he who is under the LORD’s wrath will fall into it.
15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child,
but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him.
16 He who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth
and he who gives gifts to the rich—both come to poverty.
Sayings of the Wise
17 Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise;
apply your heart to what I teach,
18 for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart
and have all of them ready on your lips.
19 So that your trust may be in the LORD,
I teach you today, even you.
20 Have I not written thirty sayings for you,
sayings of counsel and knowledge,
21 teaching you true and reliable words,
so that you can give sound answers
to him who sent you?
22 Do not exploit the poor because they are poor
and do not crush the needy in court,
23 for the LORD will take up their case
and will plunder those who plunder them.
24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man,
do not associate with one easily angered,
25 or you may learn his ways
and get yourself ensnared.
26 Do not be a man who strikes hands in pledge
or puts up security for debts;
27 if you lack the means to pay,
your very bed will be snatched from under you.
28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone
set up by your forefathers.
29 Do you see a man skilled in his work?
He will serve before kings;
he will not serve before obscure men.