Choosing a Good Name

“A good name is to be chosen over great wealth; favor is better than silver and gold.”

Proverbs 22:1 (CSB)

My mom loved knickknacks and trinkets with sentimental sayings on them. She could always find a space for one more music box or figurine, especially if they had words like “loved,” “beloved” or “special” on them. I, on the other hand, am not so fond of things that take up space in my house. Granted, I appreciate the meaning behind these types of gifts, but I just don’t like having all my surfaces cluttered. I’d rather have one or two decorative items and nothing more.

I have, however, kept every trinket my mom gave me. I especially cherish those gifts even though I haven’t put all of them out on display. One of the sentimental gifts my mom gave me that came to mind when I read Proverbs 22:1 is a book mark. I found it tucked into a Bible I had as a child, and it has always been one of my favorites because it has my name on it… and it’s girly and pink. Under my name was the phrase “Dear One.” When I was a kid and I would look at this bookmark, I felt extra special.

This bookmark also included Proverbs 22:1 on it. What a treasure to be reminded that no matter what your name is, choosing a good reputation over riches is always best. Our names do mean something and people know us by them. Our names are not only attached to our identity, but they are also associated with how we act and what we say. Therefore, we should pursue a good reputation by keeping our speech and actions in line with God’s word rather than pursuing wealth at any cost. Our names can last forever (Proverbs 10:7) but riches will not (Proverbs 23:5).

When my mom passed away 11 years ago, I found the “Mom” bookmark similar to my own that I had given her so many years ago. I keep it in my nightstand drawer along with a special family photo album from my childhood.

A bookmark doesn’t clutter too much space, so I think I’ll keep my “Cheryl” one out for awhile. It is a good reminder for me to choose a good name over any material thing I may desire, and it reminds me that I am beloved by my mom and my Father in heaven.

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