I'm reminded of the power in a name. People can speak your name and have good thoughts, or they might cringe. I'm also reminded that when we label or "name" people, it can make it difficult to replace it with another "name".
It CAN change though!
Abram became Abraham. The Fatherless became the father of many. Simon became Peter. A simple fisherman became a significant "stone" in building the Kingdom.
Saul became Paul. A dark, hateful heart became the hands, feet, and voice for our Lord.
Now its my turn.
Shelly became Michele. I requested to be called by my given name rather than my childhood "nickname." As a child, I picked up some insecurities, baggage, and traits that I'm not proud of. Some were significant enough (in a negative way) that I wouldn't allow my given name, it's meaning, (which I might add I didn't understand until later in life) to stick to me. I was labeled. I was a snob, not friendly, not relational, uncomfortable in crowds. I chose to own that....until one day.... I RIPPED that off. I started walking in what I was meant to be.
Michele is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "who is like God". She is always happy to see her family and friends. Her manner is gentle but her spirit is strong. She outshines those around her. She knows the worth of good character. A winner is what she is. She has a kind and generous heart. Friends look to her for support and advice. Now that is a name I want to accept!
"Let love and faithfulness never leave you. Bind them around your neck. Write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man." Proverbs 3:3-4
I am the Mrs. Pastor. I am called by God to minister to people in whatever way God chooses. At church, at school, at a ball game, at the mall . . . . I won't allow the enemy, nor anyone, to stick any other name on me.
I will never let love and faithfulness leave me. Therefore, I have a good name!
What about your name?
In His steps --
The Mrs. Pastor