Written by Jodi Davis Lybrand

A common greeting goes something like this.
“Hello, my name is Jodi. What is your name? Nice to meet you.”

Our names are the means to identify ourselves to one another, Some names are synonymous with power or wealth, think, Rockefeller, Kennedy or Gates. Others for great athleticism like Owens, Williams and Manning. Then there are the one name people we all recognize, Elvis, Dolly, Cher. And infamous names such as Hitler, Capone or McVeigh. Don’t forget nicknames, Little Joe, Butterbean or Bear.

So names can either serve us well or hinder us.

Some people who never changed or regretted their wicked behavior are remembered as such but what about others who have had a true heart change. We do a serious disservice by reminding them, through their name, of their failures and flaws.

I think of biblical people like, “Blind” Bartimaeus. He’s probably yelling from heaven, “I’m not blind anymore!” Or “Doubting” Thomas who proclaimed. “My Lord and my God!”  Some names are hard to shed.

Do you have a name you’ve come to identify yourself with? Useless, addict, liar, fat, stupid, incorrigible, worthless, lost-cause, hater, good-for-nothing, ugly, never-amount-to-nothing, second-class….the list could go on and on. You don’t have to be defined by that name anymore!

There is one name that is above all names, the name of Jesus! If you would submit to His call he will forgive you and make you new. Come to Him just as you are, receive His forgiveness and join His family! You will discover your real worth in Him, gain a new name and identity, Accepted, Loved, Recovered, Priceless, Beautiful, Valued, Redeemed and most of all….His!

Jodi Davis Lybrand is a lifelong resident of Shelby County. She is married and has raised two wonderful sons, has a beautiful daughter-in-law and 4 of the most adorable grandchildren ever!
Her favorites include playing with those awesome grand sweeties, enjoying long walks and sunsets, visiting with friends, old and new, painting and working on her bucket list!
A Bible teacher for 30 years, teaching preschool to senior adults (before she was one!) Jodi jests that she can teach you a Bible lesson in sixty seconds or sixty minutes! Most of all she loves to encourage people through the truths found in God’s holy word

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