“What’s in a name?” – William Shakespeare
There was a season in my life when I greatly struggled with self worth. At that time it was difficult for me to truly receive love from anyone. There was one week when I would start praying and God would simply reply “Amanda, I love you.” Sometimes, He would even interrupt me.
At first, it was sweet. But it continued each day for about 15 months. After awhile, I would get annoyed and shoot the mental reply, “Yeah, I know, God” and attempt to continue praying with my agenda. I suppose that is why He continued for so long – sometimes I am that dense. It was somewhere along those 15 months I was given one of the sweetest revelations that has revolutionized my approach to self worth.
In one of those prayers I managed to just listen to, God changed my life. He reminded me of the meaning of my name. Amanda means “worthy of love.” Every time anyone said my name, they were reminding me of my worth in God’s eyes. Every time He said it, He might as well have said “Worthy of love, I love you.” It made me appreciate my name. It made me appreciate my parents. And it made me feel like I was given a special gift from God.
“A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches…” Proverbs 22:1 NKJV
Every name has meaning and purpose. Even one that may seem ordinary or self explanatory can have special roots. Though a name like “Brooke” may seam like it just means “stream” it can have special meaning when you look up how often the Bible parallels streams to God’s provision and blessing.
Some names may not have the most positive meanings. Thankfully, we have many biblical references to God changing people’s names when necessary. You are not simply defined by earthly standards, but by who God calls you to be.
Abram (high father) to Abraham (father of many)
Jacob (supplanter) to Israel (God contended)
Simon (he has heard) to Peter (stone)
Saul (prayed for) to Paul (humble)
There are many places you can learn the meaning of your name and here is one of my favorite sites.
My name is Amanda (worthy of love) Christine (follower of Christ) and you can say my name any time.