A Good Name…

“A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold.” – Proverbs 22:1

Many years ago, while driving in southwest Georgia, we had a flat tire. The tire was changed, but the spare was one of those little “donut” tires, so we made our way to a tire shop in my dad’s home town.

Being southwest Georgia in the middle of summer it was so hot the trees were whistling for the dogs, so I decided to take Eileen and Jared to a coffee shop so they could wait where it was cool.

The tire was fixed and as I went to pay, I realized Eileen had my wallet in her purse- several miles away. Well, here I was from out of town, out of state and no money. Not wanting to walk the several mile round trip to get my wallet, I asked he shop owner if I could take the car and drive over promising to come back – with no id, no money, no nothing as collateral.

In the process of explaining my predicament, I told him I was in town to visit my Dad. He asked who my dad was and I told him. “You take that car and go on, I know you’ll be back,” he said, “your Daddy is as honest as the day is long.” So, I went to get Eileen, Jared and my wallet, and drove back to pay for the tire.

My Dad’s good name was a treasure to him – and blessing for me, not only that day, but for many, many years.

The verse above tells us the importance of a good name. It is a blessing to inherit one, and a treasure to keep, not just for ourselves but for future generations as well.


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