“A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches.” (Proverbs 22:1 NKJV)
In the northeast corner of Louisiana is a tiny town called Transylvania. Twice a year I pass through this little hamlet on my way to other places. With its boarded up school and a few run down buildings, it all adds to the spooky allure! I look forward to seeing it each time!
And yet the town wasn’t named after Dracula’s domain, but after Transylvania University in Kentucky. The man who founded the town, Dr. W. L. Richards, was an alumni who loved the school and named this town in its honor before the Civil War began. And yet, because of its later vampiric infamy, the goodness of the town’s origin and legacy of its beloved name is lost in the darkness of another’s.
As you come to church today, consider your own name. It was given to you in the innocence of your beginning. What have you done with it since? Does your name, in other people’s ears, ring with images of the Master or with pictures of darker things? Let your name be so entwined with the Lord’s that they can never be separated but always thought of with honor! You are loved today!