What is your name…again? I am so sorry…
I am terrible with names. I often ask people I meet what their name is, but I seldom remember their name…maybe their face or some other random fact (like the clothes they are wearing, where I met them), but not usually their name.
“A person’s name is to him or her the sweetest and most important sound in any language.” –Dale Carnegie in “How to Win Friends and Influence People”
Recently, in preparation for a presentation at a women’s conference, I found an article about the importance of remembering a person’s name. (Wait…I forgot her name…Found it!). Here is the link, if you would like to read it (Why it’s Important to Remember People’s Names ). Below are Tricia’s suggestions for remembering a person’s name.
Five Steps to Remembering a Name
- Focus on the other person. Try to learn a little bit about them. Listen, smile, and give them your full attention.
- Ask a question. Maybe a question about their name, then follow up with an open ended question to learn more about them. Listen more, make mental notes about what they are saying and repeat their name to yourself.
- Create an image or association of the person with the name. To help you remember their name, link it in your mind to something familar to you. Example: Betty like to bake…Amy is artsy…you get the idea.
- End the conversation by using the person’s name again. I am glad to have met you, Betty. I hope to see you again soon.”
- Keep a name file. As soon as it is practical, write down the name with a line or two about the person.
We feel more valued and respected when someone remembers our name. We feel more engaged in a conversation when someone uses our name….When you use someone’s name, it shows you see that person as an individual. When you remember it, it shows your interest in and respect for that individual. –Tricia Drevets
So I am convicted…ahem...convinced it is important to remember a person’s name and to remember some specific information about the person to show I value and respect them. Now back to my presentation. Would not the same be true for God? Should I (we) not also go to the trouble to remember God’s name, develop a mental image (understanding) of Him, and keep a name file to help us remember His name and some important about Him (His nature and character) as a way to show God that we value and respect Him? Think about it…
Those Who Know His Name
Knowing God name, His great mercy and power, will change how I live. I will boast (make mention, remember) in the name of my Lord God.
7 Some nations boast of their chariots and horses,
but we boast in the name of the Lord our God.
8 Those nations will fall down and collapse,
but we will rise up and stand firm.
Psalm 20:7-8 nlt
Not only that but when I know God by name I will seek refuge in Him because I trust Him…
9 The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed,
a refuge in times of trouble.
10 Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.
Psalm 9:9-10 nlt
and rely on Him for my protection. I would be be confident that He hears my cries and will rescue me from trouble.
14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer;
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honor them.
Psalm 91:14-16 nlt
My name is…
God introduces Himself through His word. In the next few weeks we will look at five names of God, focusing on what He says about Himself, asking Him questions to help us develop a mental image of God. I will include a file listing God’s Names and some verses where He reveals He character (nature) to us through that name. So stay tune…