What’s in a Name

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about something a friend of mine once said. “Everyone’s name has a special meaning, and when you call them by their name, you speak that meaning over them.”

Thinking about what she said led me to research what my names mean. I have always known what my first name meant but I never knew what my middle name meant. I had to find out. Sarah means princess, also known as daughter of the King. Jean is the English equivalent of the Scottish name, Jane. Jean means the Lord is gracious.

I started thinking about everything those meanings entail. I had to ask myself, do I live up to those meanings?

Daughter of the King. The Lord is gracious.

My name is a constant reminder of who I am in Christ. I am a daughter of the King. He is my heavenly Father. I had to ask myself this question. Does my life show that I am a daughter of the King? Do people know it by my actions, my words? Not always. Words like disobedience, forgiveness, and just plain stubbornness come to mind.

But then I have my middle name. The Lord is gracious. A reminder that when I fail to live up to being a daughter of the King, my Lord is gracious. Oh the countless times I have needed his grace. It’s a reminder that I can call on the Name above all names. I can call on Jesus and He is gracious.

So now you know. When you call me Sarah Jean, what you’re really saying is Daughter of the King, the Lord is gracious.

Do you know what your names mean? Are you living up to their meanings?

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