What is in a name? Everything. Each of us has a name, and it is one of our most prized possessions. John 10:3 says, “The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.” I love that verse because it reminds me of the personal relationship I have with God. He knows my name!
I am also very intrigued by the fact that God named each star in the Universe (Psalms 147:4). There are billions of stars in our galaxy alone. On top of that, there are billions of galaxies, each with millions to billions of stars contained in them as well. The fact that God has named each one is impressive. That tells me that God understands the value of a name. This is something that I think we underestimate.
I am as guilty as the next person of saying I struggle to remember names. But what I have come to understand is that my problem is not so much with struggling to remember names, my problem is failing to understand the true value of names.
Now that I understand the value of a name, I think to myself when I meet someone new: “This person’s name is very valuable to them, and I’m going to value it myself.” I’m going to put the necessary emotion behind it so that I can recall it. I’m going to remember how much God values a name. This is a far cry different than when I used hear someone’s name for the first time and just move on.
Sure there are tricks and techniques that you can add to your tool belt to help remember names. But it all starts with raising the worth of a person’s name in your own mind. That is the foundation.