How do you feel when someone calls you by your name?
It depends how they use your name, doesn’t it? And what they call you…
My name is Alison, but I love when people call me Ali. I consider it a name only friends call me. There’s nothing formal or stiff about it… it feels warm and relaxed.
When I used to introduce my school friends to my dad he would always ask their name, then proceed to enquire about – or explain – the origin of their name. It was rather embarrassing at the time, but I think some of my friends kind of liked the interest he showed.
Because our names – in a way – reflect us – our origins and our background. And if someone remembers our name, it shows they care.
I have a frame on the wall with my name across the top in big letters, and underneath, all the things I know to be true about me. Why are they true? Because the Bible tells me they are.
My friend gave me the frame a few years back. She’d used her time and energy to write down a range of statements she knew would encourage me in my walk with God. Here it is:
I look at it each time I need reminding that I’m a “saint in Christ”, “a new creation”, “a child of God”, and so on.
It reminds me of my identity… Who Christ proclaims me to be, simply because I’m his.
When Jesus calls us by name, our lives change. We see this in the Bible story about Zacchaeus, who was so eager to get a glimpse of Jesus that he climbed up a tree when he was passing through the crowds. Jesus doesn’t just say “hey – you in the tree!”. He looks up at him and says “Zacchaeus! Come down from there…”, and promptly arranges a meeting at his house. Nothing is the same for this tax collector from now on.
Before time began, my life was in God’s hands. God knows my name, and my every thought. He sees each tear that falls and hears me when I call. I have a Father who calls me his own…
These are some words from a beautiful song by Geoff Moore. If you have a couple of minutes, listen to this proclamation that even if no one knows your name, God does. He values you as his child, created for a purpose that is all your own… Allow him to gently name you his child, his son or daughter, his heir, his beloved…
You have such a pretty name!
Thanks Alison! What a blessing your words are!♡
I’m glad djah! God bless you…
God knows my name! It’s good to be reminded once in a while. I like what your friend did by creating a frame with your name on it…..great post Ali.
Thanks Rolain! Yep he sure does know your name, your calling, your future… 🙂
What a great encouragement to us , Ali! I love what your friend did for you and how you KNOW those things are true because God says so! YES! God bless you and who you are in Him today!
Amen Debbie!! So grateful God’s given us such a strong identity in Him! 🙂 God bless you and your family this week as you remember who you are because of Christ x
Hi Ali your ‘About’ is written from the heart and I find it inspiring. The video too is so peaceful and true. Thank you and regards.
Thank you so much dilip! I’m so glad… God bless you today, and thanks for dropping by.
That frame your friend did is so cool! It is wonderful that God loves us, and knows us, even though we often don’t honor him as we should.
Amen Janna… I’m so grateful for His love…
Nice meeting you , Alison:)
Love the song, and what a precious gift to receive from your friend, too. Thank you so much for posting this…
There’s a lot in a name. Are there any disappointing Alisons? All the ones I know seem pretty fine!
So true. Haha, I’m glad 🙂