Living Up to Your Name

A good name is worth more
than the finest perfume.
     —Ecclesiastes 7:1

Gip Hardin named his newborn son after the renowned cleric John Wesley, the founder of Methodism.

But John Wesley Hardin picked a different path than his preacher father had hoped for—he became a notorious outlaw, claiming to have killed forty-two men.

On June 5, 1878, Hardin went to prison for murder. He was released on February 17, 1894. On August 19, 1895, at age forty-two, he was shot and killed in an El Paso saloon.

“A good name is more desirable than great riches” (Prv 22:1).

My father entrusted me with the family name. I want to live in a way that honors that name.

We wear the name Christian: it is an honor to wear it, and our conduct must never disgrace it.

Your conduct honors or dishonors
the name entrusted to you.

Scroll to Top