Please do not let my lord pay attention to this worthless man, Nabal, for as his name is, so is he. Nabal is his name and folly is with him; but I your maidservant did not see the young men of my lord whom you sent. – 1 Samuel 25:25
Many of us grew up with a nickname, but how would you like it if your “given” name was, “Fool?”
“Pain” would be bad enough (remember Jabez?), but Fool seems worse. Especially when you consider that the words above were spoken by the man’s wife! A greedy, arrogant, and foolish man, Nabal certainly lived up to his moniker and the result of his stupidity was God’s removal of his life, influence, and awful legacy from this earth.
When the history of your life is recorded, what will your name be? Have you ever stopped to consider such a prospect? “Mean,” “Prideful,” and “Jerk” may be available, but don’t “Christian,” “Servant,” or “Encourager” sound much better?
Each of us, every day, adds another line to our life’s resumé. How will yours read?
It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it. – Benjamin Franklin