What’s in a name? Everything. But I’m not talking about just the name, I am talking about the reputation behind the name – that is the meaning of today’s quote. We can look at famous people and decide who is sincere, fake, kind-hearted, mean, honest, deceiving, virtuous, sinful and the list goes on.
A good name is better than fine perfume. – Ecclesiastes 7:1 NIV
And then we look in the mirror. Whether we like it or not, people make judgments about us every day. Perhaps you don’t realize it, but every interaction you have with another person, however small, creates your reputation. I am not looking to put pressure on you, but we should all realize that we are building our “name” every single day.
What is your reputation at work? Are you hard-working and trustworthy? What about school? Do you run with the party crowd? How about church? Are you known as a Godly person both inside and outside of the church? Do you practice what you profess to believe?
OK, enough of the questions. The point is that each day we are building our “name”, our reputation. The fact that it is the work of others, those who see and interact with us, that creates our reputation is out of our control. But what we can control are the actions we make each day that reveal our character, and demonstrate to those around us who we are and what we believe. If you are truly a good person, then you will build for yourself a good name. And a good name, your good reputation, is so much better than fine perfume or precious ointment.
If you like this topic you may also like to read how you are what you think and about how the ethical man knows what is right while the moral man does what is right. Another article has some fun with the name of Bible or Not with the rose by any other name quote.