There sat my five year old son in deep concentration on the floor playing with his Legos, I called to him in the familiar way a mom does, “Caleb” Oh wait, ”I mean Levi.” It’s that silly mistake we parents makes as we do the infamous name switch when calling our children. I still remember my mom doing that same thing to me when I was a child.
I vividly recall the day my husband and I were deciding on names for our twins, we agreed ahead of time which name we would give the twins in the order they were born. Together we decided the first born breech twin holding up the weight would be Caleb and the little guy tickling my ribs would be Levi. The decision was pretty matter of fact, and rather casual. Now today to look at my twins at five years old, I can’t fathom them with any other names. Even their temperaments fit their names. If you are a parent then you know how this works. Now today I wouldn’t ever think of Levi as Caleb or Caleb as Levi. My kids fit their names like a well worn shoe.
Have you ever considered your name? How do you like it? Does it fit you? Notice how we never think twice about our names, we crank our head around when we hear someone shout out to us from across a room–because its who we are.
As I stood there looking down at Levi that day, trying to get his attention, I was halted in my tracks and wondered how many times I don’t listen as God calls my name. Do I know my name with the Father, or have I forgotten my precious given name? The one given to me when I was birthed into the family of God.
So many times I can let doubt and insecurity or outside voices, dissolve my memory of who I really am, and develop a good case of temporary amnesia. The only true cure for this sudden loss of memory is to wash my mind with God’s word–keeping the precious words of Jesus in the forefront of my mind. Why should we forget when it says in God’s word that we have been adopted–we are heirs. Why is it so hard to claim our birthright, our place of honor and the attributes that God sees in us?
I am a joint heir with Jesus, sharing His inheritance with Him Romans 8:17
The sure remedy for amnesia
I can feel unworthy but God’s word says…
I am loved 1 John 3:3
I can feel alone but God’s word says…
I am child of God John 1:12
I can get caught in past defeat but God’s word says…
I am redeemed and forgiven Colossians 1:14
I can say I am just a sinner but God’s word says…
I am a saint Ephesians 1:1
I can feel guilty, but God’s word says…
I am free from condemnation Romans 8:1
I can be full of fear and doubt, but God’s word says…
I do not have a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
I can feel like no one cares about me, but God’s word says…
I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved Colossians 3:12
Have you ever thought that it may be hurting the Father’s heart when we don’t believe who we truly are? I would be heartbroken if Levi or Caleb didn’t know their names–if they didn’t respond to me or forgot who they were.
How much the Father must grieving when we don’t accept our God-given place in his loving arms.
Have you struggled to recall the real you–the name given to you when you became a child of God? I know I have!
Let’s keep remembering who we truly are as daughters of the King, because the Bible tells us so!
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