As I go over all the names in the Old Testament (and many in the New Testament), I realized the same thing. Old Testament figures were often named surrounding the situations in which they were born. You could judge things by their names. So their parents took time and selected a name that would speak to them in the future. Moses was placed in a river to escape infanticide that was taking place in Egypt, so he was named Moses, or “drawn out from the water.” Isaac’s name means “he laughed” because his parents laughed at the fact that they could have children at the tender age of 100 and 90. Their were stories connected to their names. Don’t front, some of y’all are named for the songs y’all were conceived on. I personally know a few Luthers and a couple of Maxwells.
We seem to have lost that sense of a name’s meaning. The internets are abuzz about Kimye’s baby name choice. They decided to go with North West. Awesome. Poor kid. Today, names are chosen because they sound cool. But what do they mean? How are they tied to a child’s identity? Do you know what your name means? If not, I encourage you to look at its origins. In earlier times, one’s name often predicted their destiny. John means “Jehovah is a gracious giver” or “Jehovah is gracious.” Grace has characterized my life. When I missed a traffic accident by seconds, GRACE!!!! When I was able to avoid sickness and disease in my promiscuity before coming to Christ over a decade ago, GRACE!!! Y’all might not want talk about grace, but I can’t help to, my very identity is connected with God’s grace. Some folks might not know the true meaning of God’s grace, but I truly know the meaning of the Scripture that says “[His] grace is sufficient…” (2 Corinthians 12:9). It is when I am able to experience that grace that I can extend it to others. Also, the Greek word for grace (charis) is also translated favor. Mary “found favor with God” (Luke 1:30). So, I can also praise God for His favor. And favor isn’t some money preacher, charlatan concept. It’s merely the ability to experience His blessings and protection in spite of me. That’s something I am grateful for. Meanwhile, y’all pray for baby North.
What does your name mean? How does that inform the way you live?