Proverbs 22:1 – A good name is to be more desired than great riches.
A good name … hmmm.
Our newest addition to the family has a good name. She arrived 8 weeks ago and was distinctly named for her story – her backstory as well as her future story. (Yes, a newborn CAN have a backstory.)
Although her parents knew in advance that she would be a girl, and what her name was, everyone else was kept in the dark until her arrival, long awaited.
It’s such an odd sensation, driving to the hospital to meet a new family member for the first time.
Who are you, sweet thing, and who will you be?
Her own DNA.
Her own name.
Her own voice.
Her own little bud of a personality.
Her own struggles.
Oh, it’s so hard to think of someone this little having to go through struggles; she’s such a sweet little thing.
But she will.
That’s the thing about living … it’s not struggle-free.
Yet, it is our reactions to our struggles that determine whether or not we will have a good name. The good name spoken of in Proverbs.
A good name is a good character. A good reputation.
Anybody responds well in the pleasant times.
But that kind of good name is built on one’s responses in the hard times.
So, while we would never wish strife and hard times on this new life, instead we pray that her responses to her struggles will form her character and build her good name.
Incidentally, her name is Hanna Joy.
But to me she will always be Sweet Thing.