by Frank

What’s in a name?

If all I had to describe me was Frank Jennings, I wonder what type of responses it would invoke with my love ones, peers, friends, and enemies. I bet every different person I ask I would get a completly different response.

For example, my mother, father and sister would have a response most probably wouldn’t expect, unless you spent time with me recently. If you ask them how they would describe Frank Jennings it would be quick, simple and direct. “CHEAP.”

I had one bad experience when I was a kid that they will never let me live down. One year for Christmas my lovely parents decided instead of buying us gifts they would give us cash to buy our own presents and also gifts for our family.

I was given a wonderful lump sum of $500. I was 13 years old. I had not yet read a book on personal finance, boy if I could turn back the time. So what do you think I did. I bought myself $480 worth of stuff and bought $20 worth of gifts from the dollar store for my family. I figured they would like quantity over quality.

I was wrong. Now, I am known as the cheapskate. Not fair, right? I did it again a few more years until they got the point. I am not responsible. Therefore I rightly own the title of cheap from the home folks.

What does your name badge really say? Photo by Henkster

Now lets take Ian for example, my 4 year old son. If you were to ask him what he thinks about the name Frank Jerome Jennings II the response will be a little bit different. To Ian I am Superman. I am a man that can’t be defeated by anything or anyone.

Clearly he hasn’t seen me get in a fight before. But to Ian my name is GOLD. He will defend me to the death and fight you until he can’t stand if you try to tell him any different.

I think it is extremly important to understand that if we don’t correct our past mistakes people will judge us based on our previous actions.

I dare you to look back at your life and find the people who call you (CHEAP) and find a way to make them call you (Superman).

I want someone other than my son to think I am great. Faith without works is dead.

I want to hear, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”

Find out what’s in your name and change it to something you can be proud of.