You and Your Name

You are what you think, and I would like to add … you are what you’re called and answer to.  Yep, it’s all about your name!

david & abigaleIn the Bible we read about Nabal, whose name means “senseless and fool”, and his wife Abigail when speaking to King David, indicated that this is what her husband amounted to (1 Samuel 25:25).

I understand that changing a name or nickname will make a difference in a person’s outlook on life; for whether you believe it or not . . . we are all living up to our names.

For example, God changed Abraham’s wife Sarai name which means “princess” … to Sarah meaning “mother of the multitude” (Genesis 17:15-16).  This name change was important since she was to become a mother at age 90!

I understand that Madiba had a change in his name from Rolihlahla which means “troublemaker” … to Nelson meaning “son of the Champion”.

nmandelaNelson Mandela stated: “No one in my family had ever attended school. On the first day of school my teacher, Miss Mdingane, gave each of us an English name. This was the custom among Africans in those days and was undoubtedly due to the British bias of our education. That day, Miss Mdingane told me that my new name was Nelson.”

A fitting article in our Jamaican newspaper concerning Nelson Mandela lists his wonderful traits: humility, courage, intelligence, dignity, forgiving, purposeful,  authentic, resilient, attentive and transformational. (Read the article Mandela, the traits that made him great).

He was truly a son of the Champion, a great leader and champion of his cause. RIP Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013)

So, what is your name? and what are your traits?

At some time this week, check out the meaning of your name or nick-name … you may want to change it.

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