What’s in a Name?

What’s in a name?‘ A phrase that is commonly quoted from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Here Juliet expresses sadness or distress over Romeo’s last name. A last name [Montague] that was hated by her family. Some of us can relate. Family feuds are nothing new. Juliet completed her statement by adding: ” That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”. For those of us who never liked reading Shakespeare in high school, here’s the translation: ‘If the rose had any other name it would still be the same rose.’ Who cares what his name is – he’s still the amazing man that I love. His last name didn’t matter in her eyes and it shouldn’t in her family’s either. Good luck with that! We know how the story ends.

The essence of this quote is , the name or label given to someone or something shouldn’t matter as much as the innate quality of the thing or person. Does it matter what your last name is or your first name for that matter? Shouldn’t it matter more who I am as a person? We could argue this all day and all night. Some of us are very protective of our name. I feel you. After all, many times in the bible given names were very significant.

‘ The M’s’

We all went to high school together and we all have the same first name – Marcia. In our native country, our name is pronounced the same way . When we migrated, the story changed😄! I tend to be cool with all the variations – except ‘MARSHA’. That’s not my name and I quickly correct anyone who butchers my name that way. Sorry Marsha W. I know you’ll read this. 😂 But on a serious note, in light of eternity – Does it really matter? I get the sentiment that we should respect people enough to find out the correct way to say their name. I do. However, the bigger issue for me is when I begin to believe the incorrect names or labels given to me by others [or my damaged self]. Those names and labels that do not line up with what God says about me – about you.

Self-deprecating [undervaluing, belittling, putting-down oneself] does not in any way honors the One who created us for purpose. Nor is it admirable or virtuous to embrace mislabeling from others. What He did was a work of art. Certainly, I am not promoting being an egotist. However, there is a healthy way to see oneself without becoming self-centered and self-absorbed. I found that going back to what God says about me, leaves me in a balanced place. Here’s what I discovered:

  • I am a mess; perfectly imperfect. In need of a Savior – This humbled me.
  • I am not good. According to Jesus, only God is good – This freed me from unrealistic expectations.
  • I am loved by One who sees me at my worst – This gives me confidence and and a sense of security.
  • He knows my name and nothing about me goes unnoticed. Even the hairs on my head are numbered – This reminds me I’m special and valued.
  • God paid a price to redeem me. A costly one. I was repossessed intentionally for a reason – I am worthy and I have purpose.
  • I am a work in progress and so are those who are in my space. A lesson well learned – This has taught me the importance of extending grace to myself and others.
  • I am infused with the strength and divine enablement to do anything that God has called me to do in this lifetime. This is an eye-opener – This relieves me of anxiety and fear.
  • I am ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’. I am not a mistake – This gives me more than self-confidence. I have God-confidence in who he created me to be.
  • I am nothing without Christ. ‘He’s the vine and I am the branch’ – I am kept at a place of complete dependence on Him.

The list goes on and on. We all at some point struggle with ‘labels’. Labels from self, family, coworkers and I dare say -even those who don’t know us. I get that. Here’s the conclusion of the whole matter. It’s not what others call me that matters; it’s what I answer to. It’s not what is said about me; it’s what I believe about me. I choose to believe what God says. How about you? Struggling with any mislabeling recently? Revisit what God says about you.

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).

***Thanks for reading – I am Loved; so are you.

Published by Restored Heart

An educator, author, a mom, friend, and a girl who loves that Her heavenly Father loves doing life with her. Passionate about introducing others to the Christ who heals hearts among other things....

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