In this age of social media influencers, much attention has been given to the subject of personal branding. Personal branding is the conscious and intentional effort to create and influence public perception of an individual by positioning them as an authority in their industry, elevating their credibility, and differentiating themselves from the competition, to ultimately advance their career, increase their circle of influence, and have a larger impact. What wisdom might we glean from the book of Proverbs that offers an alternative understanding of the value our name carries in the world? Join for our message, What’s in a Name?, and for the sharing of Holy Communion.
Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 (NRSV)
1A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.
2The rich and the poor have this in common: the Lord is the maker of them all.
8Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of anger will fail.
9Those who are generous are blessed, for they share their bread with the poor.
22Do not rob the poor because they are poor, or crush the afflicted at the gate;
23for the Lord pleads their cause and despoils of life those who despoil them.