Your name, your reputation, it means something. In a day when it seems like reputation doesn’t mean as much, it is important to note that not everyone looks up to the people on television or in the sports arena like they can do no wrong. Many times, when someone does something to take advantage of others, to build up their own treasures at the expense of others, when it is revealed, their moral authority is gone.
The Bible tells us to choose a good reputation over great riches. This doesn’t mean having silver or gold is bad. The verse makes it clear that if you had to choose one, choose to be one with a good reputation, one who is “held in high esteem.” A good reputation cannot be taken away unless you have a moment of turmoil. Riches come and go. Riches aren’t as important as your moral authority.
It is so easy to let go of your good name just for some extra money. We all have moments of greed. Be sure to remember that it takes years to build up a good reputation; it takes a second to make a bad decision that will destroy that same reputation. Choose a good reputation. Live so your name is a good one, a name that doesn’t cause you or your family to shrink and hide. A good reputation helps you to shine a light on Jesus!
“Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold.” – Proverbs 22:1 [NLT]