Monday, January 2, 2012

What's in a Name?

My best friend from highschool was Sue.  When she got married, she switched to Kathryn, her middle name.  So I call her Jack.

I need a new name.

In the Bible, people were always getting their names changed.  Abram became Abraham.  Simon became Peter.  Saul became Paul.  In each case, their names were changed for a reason, because God had intervened in their lives in a significant way.  They were, essentially, new people. 

I did some name research.  Abram means "high father", but Abraham means "father of the multitudes." He went from being a respected elder to the father of many nations.  Simon means "he has heard", but Peter means "rock".  Jesus said that He would build His church on that "rock".  Saul means "prayed for", but Paul means "humble."  Saul went from being a high-powered Pharisee to a humble servant of Christ. 

So it occured to me, I need a new name.  God has worked so powerfully in my life and I feel like I am a different person than I was before.  I checked it out.  Cynthia comes from Greek mythology, and was the name of some mythical mountain where a couple of Greek gods were born. 

I don't want to be a mountain any more.

...To be continued...

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm...intriguing! Are you really going to change your name? How exciting! I will resist the temptation to make suggestions! I love the passage in John where Peter gets his new name:

    John 1:40-42

    "Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, "We have found the Messiah" (that is, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus.

    Jesus looked at him and said, "You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas" (which, when translated, is Peter)."

    What I love about this story is that the FIRST thing Andrew did after he found Jesus was to find his brother, tell him, and bring him to Jesus. That is so cool. The other thing I love is that Jesus "looked at him" and gave him a new name. I love to picture Peter sitting in front of Jesus and letting Jesus look at him. Jesus knows who we truly are. If you are to have a new name He knows what it is!

    Love you!
    Your sister


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