Two prominent characters in the Bible experienced name changes. First, Abram became Abraham, a Hebrew name which means Father of a multitude. Abram means exulted father, and Abraham became the exulted father of a multitude, fulfilling God’s covenant with him to make him the father of many nations.
Apostle Paul’s original name, Saul, a Hebrew name, means “asked for; inquired of God.” After his conversion, his name became Paul or Paulus, which means “small” or “humble” in Latin. Yet, we know Paul, who did not ask for a conversion, became an important leader in the early Christian church.
My parents kept it simple by giving their children simple names to spell–Dean, Wayne, Linda, and Gary. My mother named me Linda Christine after her two grandmothers—Lena and Christina–both from Norwegian ancestry. Today, parents are choosing “old” namesfor their children. However, in 2017, Lena ranks 315 in popularity and Linda, 1212. Christina ranks 315 in most popular names for girls and Christine at 946. It may be awhile before we hear a baby named after me–Linda Christine.
Linda is Spanish, meaning “pretty,” and Christine, Latin, “follower of Christ.” I feel Mom and Dad named me well—a pretty good follower of Christ. I will never change it.
Thank you, Lord, for naming me “Child of God” through baptism. Amen.