Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Importance of Knowing Your Name

I can remember hearing this phrase growing up, "If you don't know who you are, you'll answer to anything." When I woke up this morning I thought about all of the nomenclatures that were given to me growing up. My mother called me "baby" and she still does today. My uncle called me "chips" (referring to my favorite snack) and he still does today.  My High School friends called me "Stace" and some of them still do today. These were some of the reasonable nicknames that were given to me growing up and essentially became a part of my identity.

But, I have had some negative nomenclatures that I'd rather forget. I've had teachers imply, with their actions and some of their words, that I was illiterate and incapable of learning. I've been called a bully (although this was possibly true in High School; thank God for Jesus and for growing up). And I've been called plenty of other names that will not be mentioned due to the PG-13 rating of this blog :).

As I reflected on all of the things I've been called or all of the nomenclatures that have been assigned to me, I rejoice in knowing who I really am. I am Smart, I am Kind, and I am Important :). No... Really... I thought about what my life would have been like if I'd held on to the negative things people said about me. The truth is, in High School, I was a bully and needed to change. But, I was not illiterate and I was not incapable of learning as my teachers would have thought. If would have believed this about myself, I would not have the privilege to experience the academic success that I enjoy today.

My point is this. It really is important for us to know who we are as people and most importantly to know what God says about us. God calls us friends, beloved, and children. God says that we are more than conquerors, the apple of His eye, a royal priesthood, ambassadors for Christ, the elect of God, a chosen generation, His workmanship, Mt. Zion (the place where God's presence dwelled), servants, the redeemed of the Lord, etc.

So my prayer for you today is that you may be reminded of the name God has given you and the importance of it. Cling to what God really says about you and don't be overwhelmed by the negative nomenclatures that people seek to attach to you. "If you don't know who you are, you'll answer to anything!"

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