What’s In A Name?
It is not what name others call you that matters, but what name you respond to that truly determines who you are. ~Swahili Saying~
We are not what we do. Don’t allow others to dictate who you are, or what you might become. Everyone has an opinion and many there are who will be quick to tell you how they see you, what they think of you, or give you their estimation of your worth. Be confident in who you are, no matter what anyone else might say with regard to you. It is that deep sense of knowing who you truly are, and what you see yourself becoming, that will shape your destiny!!!
[The Man] asked him, What is your name? And [in shock of realization, whispering] he said, Jacob [supplanter, schemer, trickster, swindler]! And He said, Your name shall be called no more Jacob [supplanter], but Israel [contender with God]; for you have contended and have power with God and with men and have prevailed. Then Jacob asked Him, Tell me, I pray You, what [in contrast] is Your name? But He said, Why is it that you ask My name? And [the Angel of God declared] a blessing on [Jacob] there. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel [the face of God], saying, For I have seen God face to face, and my life is spared and not snatched away. ~Genesis 32:27-30 (Amp)~
Heavenly Father as I embark/continue on this long journey to meet you in a most personal way let me always be reminded that I am not just an addict or what I do for a living or even what I do in my day to day life. Help me to know that I am your son, worthy of your love for no more reason than that. Remind me that I must stop comparing my insides to everyone’s outside. I can not find myself as long as I am looking for me anywhere other than in my heart, soul and spirit. There is no peace in that. Grant me the courage today to face my dilemma, ME, and help me to stop playing the victim of life. Grant me the wisdom to know the resentments, fears and defects of character that most keep me from the Light of Your Spirit and give me the resolve to work on them with the help of my sponsor.
I ask for these things to come true for me today, if it is your will, and I pray in your holy name. Amen.