“No one in your family is named that.” Luke 1:61
The scripture above is a line from the story about the naming of John the Baptist. Neighbors and friends couldn’t understand how Elizabeth and Zachariah came up with the name John. They didn’t know it had been by Divine intervention.
Anyone who has ever named a child understands that the child has to live with the name the rest of his or her life. I gave a lot of consideration in naming my children names (Michael, Karen, Susan) easy to pronounce, spell, and not after a trendy soap opera star.
My father’s name is Askel Jesse Sampson. I can’t imagine looking at a seven-pound baby and cooing, “How are you doing, Askel?” His grandfather was also named Askel, and Dad tells the story of how he inherited the name. His grandfather promised Dad’s parents, John and Jenny, if they named their firstborn son Askel, the child would receive $1,000 when he turned twenty-one. Unfortunately, my father was nineteen when Grandpa Askel died, and so did his hopes of receiving $1,000, a lot of money during the depression.
Dear Father, help us look to you for guidance before taking the advice of those who have self-serving motives. Amen.