I once read that one of the wonderful things about having a baby is getting to name them. My experience was completely different. When we were expecting our daughter, my husband and I felt tremendous pressure to give her the most perfect name; a name that she would be proud to carry for all the days of her life. The feeling didn’t change much when our second child came along. Imagine the anxiety of doing that four times. Can anyone identify with that challenge; the challenge of naming your child?
However difficult that may seem, it comes down to the fact that our name is much more our responsibility than the person who gave it to us. Think about a business. Businesses work very hard to make a good name for themselves. Success in business is highly influenced by reputation. So overall, it’s not so much the name that I gave to my children, as what they choose to do with it.
My husband and I often remind our children that their actions and their decisions are a reflection of our family, because they carry our name. Positively or negatively, they represent our family. Just like we represent our Savior. We not only carry our birth name or family name, we carry the name of Jesus Christ. And THERE IS power in THAT name (Philippians 2:10-11).
I pray that when people hear my name that they think positive thoughts and feel happy emotions. I pray that the name Heather Meadows is consistent with the name Christian. I desire for my reputation to be one of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
It’s not always easy, but in all situations let us find ways to promote our name in love. When we suffer the consequences of someone’s selfish acts, when we are snarled at because of someone else’s inconvenience, or when we are mistreated by those we love; let us represent ourselves well and promote the One that forgives all the mistakes we have to bring. There is no other name like His (Acts 4:11-12).
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. I Peter 4:8
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