I was browsing the latest magazine of Bloomberg and was amazed when I saw the picture of a very large crowd gathered together to listen to Warren Buffet. The magazine said that there were more than 37,000 people flocked in Omaha, Nebraska, for Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s annual meeting to hear investing wisdom from Warren Buffet and they call it, “The Oracle Speaks”. ORACLE, wow! Just the name of “Warren Buffet” is already a big announcement – they don’t have to put some more accessories, people will surely come. His reputation precedes him!
What about our names? What do they stand for?
In Proverbs 22 verse 1, it says, “A good name is to be chosen rather than great wealth, good favor more than silver or gold.”
We know that we, believers, are God’s representatives (2 Cor 5:20) – we carry His name. Everywhere we go, we bring His banner but we don’t (always) say that outright. We don’t go around and introduce ourselves as, “Hi, I’m God’s ambassador…” Rather, we meet people and introduce our name first, “Hi, I’m Odessa.” but the question whether how this name will impact their lives depends on how well we will build our name. We have to admit that one of the common languages today, either spoken verbally or not, is “sorry but you have to earn my respect first“.
Next to our name is our CURRENT profession or whatever we are into NOW. We don’t (normally) say, “I will soon to be a CEO.” They themselves will somehow know how our future paths will be depends on how we perform today. My point is, wherever our feet is standing now, it is our call to protect and establish our name. May we never use our current situation as an excuse to be “nobody” but rather; from all these tests we start to flourish our name and be “somebody”. How sweet it is to hear from others when they say, “Odessa – someone who always perseveres and trusts GOD…”
Apostle Paul said it well that we ourselves are the open letters known and read by everyone (2 Corinthians 3:2). We are the open BIBLE! Trust me, our testimonies speak so much louder than what we preach! So the question is, are we a good steward with the talents given to us?
When I was in my elementary years, my dad usually asks me to buy his all-time-favorite newspaper, Philippine Daily Inquirer. One time, I saw this teaser of the said paper on one of the sidelines that says (I can’t remember the exact words but something like), “We’re sold out because we don’t sell out.” I didn’t understand it then but I carried that line until now. At least during the early years, Philippine Daily Inquirer is one of the most reputable newspapers if it’s not the best. They don’t go around and advertise themselves but the readers themselves look for it. On the same manner, we don’t have to brag around that we’re CHRISTians but people will look and follow us depends on how we have established our names.
As a final note, our company is now working on a new product (quarterly report) that we will sell. My boss said, we will give out samples but just the overview. He said, “The trick is slicing it so that people see the icing, but don’t see how the cake is baked.” Let me tweak a bit and apply in our Christian lives, “we let the people see the icing or taste the cake. Soon, they want to know who baked it and how it was perfectly done.”
PS: written on 26 July 2010