This is Laura…
I have been pondering new names in regards to the future changing of names for a couple kids we know well. The name that they have carries with it a whole thought process. When people around here realize what family they come from there is an automatic stereotype they are lumped into. With the changing of a name there is the potential for a brand new start and opportunity to make something of their new name.
There’s the classic Romeo and Juliet line of “what’s in a name. Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet?” I wish that line would be true but for a lot of people their name carries with it a chain. They are trapped by people’s preconception without being given the opportunity to show who they are. I have met quite a few roses with names that are among thorns. Not always are they seen as roses. Many times they end up acting as thorns to fit in.
Thinking of all this brings me to what God says. When we become a part of his family we are given a new name. No longer do we have to be bound by the chain of our old self, of our family, of our heritage, of our community. We have freedom to be who God intends for us to be. What a freeing thought. May it be true also for these young ones who’s names are going to be changed…may it not just be an earthly change but a heavenly one.