At another time, someone shared that when anyone heard that my Dad was serving on the board of a financial institution, they were more willing to invest.

Beloved, never joke with your credibility. Credibility is goodwill. Credibility is the blessing of a good name. There are names that open doors. There are names that close doors. No matter how powerful the name Judas is, no one wants to bear that name. Some names are associated with corruption or evil.

While we were searching for land as a ministry, I had cause to meet with one or two people. While in negotiations one day, a middle-aged man told me, “If not for the fact that your Dad is not a greedy man, you should have no business looking for land”.

A good name is better than gold or silver. I know it is not one of the things we hear often in our generation but there is the blessing of a good name.

If you have to choose between a good reputation and great wealth, choose a good reputation.
Proverbs 22:1 GNT

Some names have become institutions. The moment you hear the name, you link the bearer with greatness. That was the blessing of the Lord on Father Abraham:

I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.
Genesis 12:2 NKJV

A good name helps to build a great brand in business too. Some statements are linked with bad or low-quality products or services. There is a difference between “Swiss-made” and “Made in China”.

Credibility earns you reference. A dear teacher has referred his mechanic to tons of people. He has been using the same man for over twenty years. He would do a great job, keep accounts, and still hand over your change to you. He kept earning references.

Credibility gives you access to needed resources. When they untied the donkey, they were confronted but once they mentioned who needed it, the questioning ceased.

If you have soiled your name and reputation, it could be tough to regain but it is not an impossibility. Begin to work on honest dealings. Seek forgiveness of those you took for granted. If you borrowed without returning, the Bible calls it wickedness. Deal with it.

You are delivered from the trap of a bad name. You are blessed. Your name will be great.

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