What’s in a name?
More than we often imagine.
No matter where I’ve lived, whether Ohio or South Carolina, California or North Carolina, Ohio or Texas, Georgia or Oklahoma, I have always been greeted by the same question: “Are you Michael Guido’s brother?” And I always seem to have the same feelings surface: “I wonder what expectations they will have of me?” Or, “Will they expect me to be just like him?” Or, “Will he always get there before I have my opportunity to even try to establish my identity?”
In the final analysis, those questions did not matter. It was an honor to have Michael for a brother and an example. Everywhere he went he “sowed God’s seeds.” Seeds of love and compassion; seeds of concern and conviction, seeds of hope and healing; seeds of grace and mercy; seeds of insight and understanding that would bring the Word of God to life; seeds that would change lives and mend families; seeds of happiness and joy; seeds of light and life; seeds that inspired and encouraged everyone that heard or read them.
“A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold,” wrote Solomon. I did not understand the significance of that verse for many years. Yes, I enjoyed many benefits of being identified with Michael. It did have its value. But, with the joy that came from having Michael as my brother came sadness for those who suffer the disgrace of a family member who led a life that defied God’s teachings and made life difficult for those who were harmed by their reputation.
But the challenge contained in this is not beyond any of us: we have the potential, with God’s power, to do whatever is necessary to live lives that establish a “good name.”
Prayer: Father, give us Your courage and strength, insight and wisdom to leave a legacy worthy of Your name. Enable us to live as Jesus lived by serving others as He did. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 22:1 A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.