WHAT IS IN A NAME?

You know being an HR professional is an interesting career path. In HR you typically find yourself having to tow the company line, be the moral compass, and make sure things are happening in an ethical manner. This spreads into all HR tasks, such as recruiting, onboarding, offboarding, performance management, talent management, training, benefits, labor relations, etc (yes, HR is more than hire and fire- don’t be so shocked).

One thing in particular that makes HR challenging though, is that you typically don’t have many (if any) direct reports. As such, your entire job requires you to spend time getting people whom you have ZERO authority over, to do what you need them to do.

Have you ever been in that situation?

In most workplace situations, somebody has authority over somebody else. Can tell them what to do at a whim. But not HR.

As such, HR professionals have to trade on other things. One of the main catalysts to getting your job done as an HR professional is your reputation.

Does your reputation precede you in a good way or a bad way?

Does your name inspire confidence or anxiety?

Do you get the job done or not?

Do your clients have their needs met?

Are you able to accomplish your HR agenda?

It’s interesting though, that your reputation matters as a believer as well. Think of all the scripture that speak to it:

  • Psalm 8:1 “O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.”
  • Proverbs 22:1 “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold”
  • Ecclesiastes 7:1 “A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of birth”
  • Ephesians 5:1 “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.”
  • Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.”

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. We didn’t even touch the reputation men need to have if they are seeking to be a deacon or elder (1 Timothy 3) and a slew of other texts that maybe you thought I would mention here.

But we can’t look at EVERY text. You’ll get tired of reading.

What’s the point of it all?

Why does your reputation matter?

Well there’s this little thing called the great commission.

You know, that thing Jesus said after He resurrected, where He wants us to make disciples of all nations (Matthew). And where He told us that we’d receive power to witness for Him to the entire world (Acts).

Let me tell you- it is very hard to witness for Christ, to make disciples of Christ, when the people  you go to speak to hear the word “Christian” and automatically have a bad taste in their mouths.

The crusades in the 1000s to the 1200s were done by “Christians”. The KKK claims to be a “Christian” organization. “Christians” in Pennsylvania reportedly abused 1,000 kids recently. And there’s more, both current and past.

With all of these things going on, how do you think the name Christian is viewed currently? How is our reputation? Are we still the salt of the earth? Is our light shining?


What is in a name?

In a name you can find truth, pain, suffering, hope, desire, anger, frustration, sorrow, and joy……...so what is in our Christian name? What is our reputation currently? Are you helping it, or hurting it? Or put another way, are you seeking a good name- or going after gold and silver?

Maybe you don’t necessarily care about the name “Christian” so let me get a bit more personal-

What is in your name?

When somebody hears your name John Doe, or your name, Jenny from the block, what is their immediate response? Do they think about God? Do they think about you? Do they think about (insert whatever word you thought I’d say next)?

Believer, we have been charged with being the light to the world, spreading the Name of our Lord & Savior, and His salvific work on the cross. Romans 10:13:-14 says “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?”

Your name shouldn’t be the barrier to the gospel. Go work on your reputation.

J.Francois

Jonathan Francois