what’s in a name

Is your name a physical thing? Something you can hold in your hand? Can you see it, touch it, smell it or taste it? No but you sure know it when you hear it. In God’s Word it is written . . . Ecc. 7:1 A good name is better than precious ointment . . . and in another place Prov. 22:1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches . . . So it can be seen that God puts great value on our names.
My mission, or gift, is to explain to you by interpretation what your name means and how it can apply to your life. Sometimes this comes quickly and easily to me and at other times it takes a lot of time, prayer and researching.SO FAR there has not been a name for which the Lord has not given me a meaning.
There has been times when I have exhausted every method and ways and places through prayer and just hard work that I simply could not find a glimmer of a meaning. Then the Lord simply whispers in my ear the meaning He chooses. Why doesn’t He do this in the first place? I don’t know. When this happens it makes me think about interpretation a message in tongues. It is one and the same thing.
Consider the fact that God, in His perfect plan and will for each of His children, wrote our names down in His Book of Life before He created the world. Because He did do this, it should be apparent just how important God considered our names to be. Each and every name has a unique meaning. There may be millions of Bills or Mary’s or Johnny’s, etc. But there has never been nor ever will be a Bill or Mary or Johnny born at the exact time, place in history, with the same family, or any number of variables.
Take for example the name Mary. The basic meaning of the name is ‘bitter’. The name Mary comes from the Biblical spice Myrrh which when tasted is bitter. However, when this same spice is used to anoint something in order to offer it up on an altar to God and then burnt, it releases a sweet smelling aroma, which is very pleasing to God.
Now, let’s look at two different Mary’s. The first Mary encounters numerous hardships, abuses, etc. She does struggle to get through her life without having a hard and bitter heart and for the most part succeeds. But as life goes on and the bad things keep happening she allows her heart to becomes hard and bitter. The Lord prompts her over and over to forgive and forget but she doesn’t. As she becomes an old lady it is apparent to everyone that knows her that she is a bitter old woman with which few people like to be around.
The second Mary encounters just as many hard times as the first, maybe even more. However, there is one major difference between these two women. The second Mary gives her heart and soul to the Lord and when He prompts her to forgive and forget she does. It is hard for her to do this, as her grievances are many. But as she gives her burdens to the Lord she finds them to be light and easy to place upon the altar. Her incense is indeed pleasing to the Lord.
This is not to make it sound like the second Mary had it easier because she had Jesus as her Savior. Probably in some ways she had it even harder. But as a Christian given over to the will of the Lord His presence in her heart and life made it easier for the second Mary to deal with the situations of her life. The first Mary could have made this decision is she so chose to at any time or stage in her life.
This is the same decision we all have to face. What to do with what the Lord has given us. I could choose to “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven”. or allow the cares and troubles of my life snuff out my light. What is your decision as to what you will do with what the Lord has given to you?

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