I thought my identity had been stolen.

My parents called  to inform me that they saw my name in the local newspaper. Unfortunately, it was not “good publicity” by any means.

It seems I had gotten myself in a bit of trouble. More than once.

My parents knew, of course, that it wasn’t me in the court news of the paper(they read that section religiously).  I’m sure there were many others of my acquaintance that did think it was me.

I made inquiries thinking my identity had been stolen and discovered that there was indeed another Anita Reaves in the county. We have different middle initials, fortunately.

But it is MY NAME. And now MY NAME has been presented in a bad light. To the other Anita Reaves I say, if you are to bear my name, then live up to it with grace and respect. For you have only one name and your name should be dealt with honorably.

The Bible says,

A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.Proverbs 22:1

I want my name spotless.

Newsong has a beautiful song called WE WEAR HIS NAME.  I wish I could post it here. As a bearer of the name of Christ, then I must also do whatever I can do to not bring shame to it.

“We wear his name. The name above all names. In a world that’s lost in hopelessness we’ve been called to be the light. We wear His name.”

1 Peter 4:16
However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.


Philippians 2:10
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth