My Dad would say often, “I may not be able to give you a lot, but one thing I promise to give you, a good name.” And that he did.
A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, Favor is better than silver and gold. (Prov. 22:1 NAU)
A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. (Prov. 22:1 NIV)
“It is more important to have a good reputation than to possess great riches. Being honored is better than owning silver or gold.” (IEB)
The verse raises an important question. A good name in whose eyes?
The verse which follows helps.
Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all. (Prov. 22:2 NIV)
They have another thing in common. The LORD is not only their Maker, He is also their final Judge. We must all live to honor and please Him. This is how truly good names are made.