Jill was anxious to share about the winning goal she scored at the big game. She waited for a pause in Madi’s long-winded speech about her weekend shopping trip, but a pause never came. Madi just went on and on about new shoes and the perfect earrings and how she got three bracelets for the price of one, and how she and her mom went for ice cream later. Then the bell rang, and lunch was over. Jill would have to wait for another time to share.
Have you ever greeted someone with a big smile, called them by name, and then had them return your greeting with a blank stare? After a moment or two, you realize the other person can’t remember your name. That can be embarrassing for both of you, and it certainly doesn’t do anything to boost your self-esteem.
A person’s name is one of the most important things they have. When people call us by name, it shows they recognize us as a person. It shows we have value and importance. Since it feels good to have people recognize us and call us by name, it only makes sense that other people like to be called by name, as well.
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Imagine having all the cool clothes you could ever want. Shoes, jeans, tops, jackets, hats . . . all brand new, and all in your favorite colors and styles! Now imagine you also have all the great gadgets and doo-dads you’ve been wanting: i-pod, i-pad, i-phone, loads of the most popular songs on your i-tunes account . . . surely then, you’d be the most popular girl in school, right?
Well . . . not necessarily. You see, as nice as all those things would be, they won’t make people like you. When it comes right down to it, it really doesn’t matter that much what kind of stuff we have or don’t have. What does matter a lot, though, is what we do with one of the most important things God already gave us.