Well, what's in a name? Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet? Perhaps.
Yet there's a phenomenon when something is named, especially in people - they tend to become what they're called, they grow into that name. It could be the name they received at birth, it could be the name their friends give them at school or in play, or worse, it could be the name a bully has crafted for them.
There are exceptions to be sure, but we will become what we're called if we believe those who are naming us. It helps, too, to know what your name means before you believe it.
|Blazing a trail?|
There's a promise in Scripture found in Revelation 2 that says, "I'll...give a clear, smooth stone inscribed with your new name, your secret new name" (The Message). It's one of my favorite verses because this is what our hearts long for, to be called a beautiful name by our God.
The humbling thing is that he wants to start calling us his now, before we overcome, before we acknowledge him, he calls us to be named by his name. And when he names us, when he calls us his children, and we believe him - that's what we become.
I pray that whatever name you've grown into, whatever you have believed to be your name, that you will listen to the One who really knows your name, your secret name. (If you haven't, read J's post.)